June 14th, 2010
08:02 AM ET
8 years ago

Democrats want investigation into surprise Senate primary winner

(CNN) - As political newcomer Alvin Greene calls on South Carolina's Democratic establishment to get behind him, party leaders are calling for an investigation into his surprise win in the state's Democratic Senate primary.

Greene, 32, is an unemployed veteran who came out of nowhere to win last week's election. Despite running no ads, Greene toppled former state legislator Vic Rawl with almost 60 percent of the vote. He'll face Republican Sen. Jim DeMint in the general election.

South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn said Sunday that he has no plans to get behind Greene and repeated his suspicions that the Democratic nominee is "someone's plant."

"I know a Democratic pattern. I know a Republican pattern, and I saw in the Democratic primary elephant dung all over the place," Clyburn, the majority whip, said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Filed under: 2010 • James Clyburn • South Carolina
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  1. gary

    Democrats need to investigate why Charlie Rangel and Tim Gietner didn't pay their taxes and haven't gone to jail. They need to investigate why Rod Blagovich isn't in jail for trying to sell Obama's senate seat. They need to investigate how Patrick Kennedy gets sooo many DUIs and doesn't seem to spend time in jail. How about investigating whether Bill Clinton offered an illegal bribe to Sestak on behalf of Rahm Emmanual. How about investigating Barney Franks ties ot Fannie Mae. How about invetigating Sen Dodd's special loans from Countrywide Mortgage. Or even investigate campaign donations to President Obama from BP and from Goldman Sachs.....The Democrats have a culture of corruption. They have shown themselves to be corrupt. Let's investigate!!!

    June 14, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. patm

    Just because he does not fit the "click" does not mean he could not be worthy of a chance. He could not possibly do any worse than what we have in there at this time.

    June 14, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Praetorian

    So let me see if I understand this...A regular guy comes out of left field and wins a primary election, and the Democratic establishment believes that his election 'has elephant dung all over it'? People, this is exactly the problem with the electoral process! You are not free to vote for the candidate of your choice, rather, you may only vote for those candidates who are approved by the party. So much for having a 'free vote'!

    June 14, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. katiec

    I read somewhere there were more votes for Greene than the number of people who voted. In watching his interview with MSNBC, it was obvious the man is not competent to be a leader. Do hope this is thoroughly investigated as one of our sacred rights is to vote, and if someone is messing with that process it needs to be exposed.

    June 14, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Can you blame them? This is a man who seems to have trouble articulating many things relating to the charges against him. He didn't have enough for a lawyer, but he pays over $10,000 to get onto the ballot? That would raise a lot of red flags with anyone.

    June 14, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. jenn, philadelphia

    where was their concern about his qualifications when they were cashing his $10,000 check to get on the ballot?

    June 14, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Nellie Bly

    Dem or Repub, this is a very strange situation. A candidate that ran no ads, has no employer wins by 60%?

    June 14, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Bob of Lompoc

    This guy Greene – with respect to his Military Service, while observing his TV interviews I notice he appears to be a little "slow". Some would say "dense". Maybe he isn't a Republican "Put Up", Maybe he is just a Republican.

    June 14, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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