June 15th, 2010
03:07 PM ET
4 years ago

S.C. Attorney General not investigating Alvin Greene

The Attorney General of South Carolina has no plans to investigate Alvin Greene's shocking win in last Tuesday's Democratic Senate primary.
The Attorney General of South Carolina has no plans to investigate Alvin Greene's shocking win in last Tuesday's Democratic Senate primary.

(CNN) – The Attorney General of South Carolina has no plans to investigate Alvin Greene's shocking win in last Tuesday's Democratic Senate primary.

"No one has provided this office with any credible allegation or information suggesting criminal wrongdoing," said Mark Plowden, a spokesman for Attorney General Henry McMaster, a Republican.

The Attorney General's office was responding Tuesday to a request from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which asked McMaster to investigate rumors that someone induced Greene to run for Senate.

Greene is unemployed but somehow came up with a $10,440 check to get on the Democratic ballot. He then baffled political observers by defeating Charleston City Councilman Vic Rawl despite having no semblance of a campaign.

Rawl has filed a formal protest with the state Democratic Party claiming voting irregularities. Members of the party's executive committee will hear his challenge on Thursday.

If he remains in the race, Greene will face Sen. Jim DeMint and his $3.5 million campaign war chest in November.

Plowden pointed out that SLED, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, is the state's investigative authority and said that information about possible criminal activity would be referred to the agency.


Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
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  1. Slider

    "No one has provided this office with any credible allegation or information suggesting criminal wrongdoing," said Mark Plowden, a spokesman for Attorney General Henry McMaster, a Republican.

    Allegations made primarily by James Clyburn.

    A Democrat.

    You know that Clyburn is a Democrat, yes, Hamby?

    And you, Hamby, are a DNC operative.

    June 15, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Don Wuerl

    This guy has criminal charges pending; why is he allowed to run? Is this what is called fair and balanced? Really??? If this isn't a true to life conspiracy; then, I don't have a clue to what is!

    June 15, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. inofritzn

    Did it occur to anyone that dem voters are just that stupid?

    June 15, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. GL

    Of course he will not investated his onw party corruption. Republicans are with is wrong with this country. The party of war crimes will never investate their party wrong doing.

    June 15, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Nellie Bly

    Just catching one TV interview with this man shows that he doesn't seem to have all his faculties about him. It's beyond just being camera shy. Shame on the person/party that is using him.

    June 15, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. GL

    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The main reason why we need group like this group. In Pittsburgh, we have a Citizend review board that watching and over the Pittsburgh Police and Police abuse have when down in Pittsburgh becasue of this group.

    June 15, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. A.B.

    If the state of S.C. refuses to investigate this matter, then the federal government should. It is serious. We are talking about election fraud. There is notthing innocent about this matter. The S.C. Attorney refuses to investigate this matter for fear of what he may very well find–Republicans are behind this escapade and they put Mr. Alvin Greene up to running as a senate candidate. They are also setting him up to lose to Jim DeMint.

    June 15, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Just checking, but this IS the same SC AG that filed or joined in the lawsuit challenging the HCR Bill, right? I'm sorry, but nobody provided them with a credibel argument challenging the Constitutionality of that legislation, so what the hell is he claiming he needs "credible evidence" for now? The whole thing stinks and merits looking into. But hey, I'm certain that the SC AG is losing sleep at night over the thought that someone messed with the Dems and the election process in SC...totall distraught over the prospect I'm sure.

    And if you don't think that Green's ability to declare indigence and then suddenly producing $10K out of nowhere isn't suspect and constitutes credible evidence that something was amiss, then you're just plain stupid.

    June 15, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. D. Bunker

    Of course the GOPbaggers running the show in SC won't investigate. They don't want voters to learn that their faith-based electronic voting systems are garbage that can't ensure a single vote is counted properly. Google Brad Friedman or Bev Harris if you want to learn more about this monstrous sham.

    June 15, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. rachel

    Waaah Waaah I am a moderate dem now it seems liberals want a redo in sc race well I want a redo of the 2008 election can we do that too?

    June 15, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Lori in St Pete

    SC has open primaries. Of the votes cast on Tuesday, only 25% were cast for rethugliban candidates – even in heavily rethugliban districts – so it appears rethugliban voters are just that stupid, inofritzn. The vast majority of votes cast on Tuesday were for Alvin Greene – even in heavily rethugliban districts – so it appears rethugliban voters are just that stupid, inofritzn. Facts being what they are, the voters in SC want Alvin Greene to be their next Senator. Perhaps DeMented should just resign his seat to Mr. Greene right now to save himself a whole lot of embarrassment. The people have spoken, right inofritzn?!

    June 15, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Steve- Illinois

    Why is it a problem if someone induced him to run? Most politicians are induced to run the first time. It doesn't bother the Dems that the white house induced people not to run. Does PA and CO ring a bell?
    Even if some one gave him the money, it makes no difference, it's called a campaign contribution. The only thing improper would be the candidate failed to fill out a disclosure, you know, those forms sitting Congressman constantly go back and revise when they are exposed by the media. The only news here is that a Dem ran against an unknown, raised some party money, didn't really campaign, put a few ads on utube, then got his butt handed to him in the primary, and now is crying because the guy that won didn't campaign at all.

    Good luck finding anyone to blame for this except the losing candidate and the SC Democratic party!

    June 15, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. raingirl2

    it's about time someone came to their senses now hopefully the disease will spread to the white house and congress. this man has every right to run, win. and serve those who are angry about his win should look in the mirror and see if the devil is what they see as opposed to a humanoid. this country need to rid itself of career politicians more Mr. Greens should emerge any paying millions of dollars to win or buy a seat in congress should be investigated and stripped of the privilege of serving the American people because they have to return the favor of contributions from rich people to help them get the seat so they are for continued corruption not for the people.

    June 15, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Not Republican

    It's not 1845. If S.C. thinks they can ignore apparent illegalities, in an effort to benefit the GOP, it will come back to bite them. The truth will emerge and what does experience tell us.. it's not the crime, but the cover-up. Which will make S.C. GOP complicit.

    And to whoever compared Green to Obama – racism may still play in S.C. but you better not utter that here in Seattle or you'll be sorry.

    June 15, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. VAVoter

    To Common Sense: If you had any common sense, you could clearly see that Mr. Greene is NOT a credible candidate. Not to mention the fact that in 1992 Republicans were caught and prosecuted IN SOUTH CAROLINA for doing this EXACT same thing, only that time it was a black shrimp fisherman, out on bond for selling cocaine...Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice and I'll cut you!

    June 15, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. snow

    Yes Virginia the demorats are stupid enough to select this guy to represent their party. You cannot fix stupid.

    June 15, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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