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
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. gt

    green sounds as much a senator as obama does as the president...

    June 15, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Common Sense

    GOOD. I am glad to see the Attorney General use common sense.
    He hit the nail right on the head. no CREDIBLE allegation or information.
    All this crap about Greene being a repub plant ias nothing more than fabricated rumors by sore losing Dems.
    They can not face the fact that finally people are standing up saying,, we do not want you anymore.
    Right or wrong, Greene won. Washington needs to really look at what voters are saying.

    All this talk about Greene being a crook of some sort,,,, my god people. Look at what sitas in Washington right now. Both sides are full of crooks. And you can bet your arse we do not hear half of it.

    So,, are you folks yelling Greene is a plant,,, where is your proof.

    June 15, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    I can hear it now:
    Whah whah whah! The GOP AG ain't gonna help! Whah, whah, whah. Bring the man proof, and NOT opinion or clusters of sour grapes but proof and he will be legally bound to do his job! I said before, if he's a GOP plant, where's the proof? What this does prove is some people will vote for anybody and not research a thing! Where were the DEMS when this guy first ran (before the win)? The dems lack of responsibility is not in any way the GOPs fault!

    June 15, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. susie

    Can anyone say "ACORN".

    June 15, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Irritated

    Of course McMaster won't investigate – this is a dream candidate for the Republican party! If you heard any of Greene's phone interview with Don Lemon, then it is obvious that Greene is a plant, possibly a mentally impaired one at that. Come on!! This is a despicable, obvious attempt on the part of SC republicans to ensure a GOP win.

    June 15, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Daniel Gilyeat (R) who is running for U. S. Congress (Kansas) is also
    an unemployed Veteran.

    June 15, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. MsDp

    This is a RED flag. Something is going on in the carolinas.

    June 15, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. valwayne

    The guy didn't win by 1 or 2 questionable votes. He won in a landslide. The Democrats of SC clearly didn't like the other guy. Are we at the point now in this country where the political bosses can overturn landslide elections because they don't like the results?

    June 15, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Sounds like he doesn't want to go down a road that leads to the Party before Country group that constantly say NO NO NO NO NO

    June 15, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. "RUB" THE CLOWN

    One of the strangest primary wins in history.

    June 15, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    I am not sure how Mr. Greene ended up going against the biggest dimwit of them all in SC for Senator, but let's face it if you change some of the things that are being said about Mr. Greene and insert the quitter from AK it's like they are long lost twins.
    Look at how far and how much money she has amassed by being retarded. Mr. Greene is just a little slow but he seems to answer questions better than her.
    It's SC. Nobody was going to win against dimwit. The whole state is full of morons!

    June 15, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Jobe

    If Mr. Rawl could not beat Alvin Greene he is not much of a politician. Greene or Rawl will lose against Demint either way. Whatever they say about Greene he did something not many people would think possible.

    June 15, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Harry Tripper

    Of course a Republican Ag won't look into this – since the GOP is probably behind it. They believe the law is only for Democrats.

    Just like the Bush AGs when he was in office. And the few that were honorable and looked into criminal doing, regardless of which Party was doing it, he fired them!

    We even have a USSC that doesn't believe in counting the votes and will look away if a GOPer does anything wrong. That's how Buch got selected to be President.

    June 15, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. snow

    The demorats are now reduced to eating their own. Gotta love it.

    June 15, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. HappyinVA

    This is going to be interesting... I am interested in when he's going to file his expenditures to the FEC.

    June 15, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. EBC

    Of course he's not.... why are we NOT surprised? Hummmm?

    June 15, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. pc

    south carolina is the most corrupt state. i am sure every republican politician was in on this plot. what a shame for such a beautiful state to have such ugly thugs ruining the show. this is just to make sure 'mr. make this obama's waterloo' demint wins the election. what a farce and a joke on south carolina voters.

    June 15, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. BeverlyNC

    Of course a REPUBLICAN SC Attorney General is not going to investigate Republican corruption in his state. South Carolina is full of corruption, racism, and total ignorance.
    Republicans have been fixing and corrupting elections in SC since the Civil War and still live in those times. They are backwards, treat blacks like servants, let blacks live in abject poverty, and ignore education for their People.
    Sen Jim DeMint is a corrupt, racist, slimeball who is behind this Alvin Greene to ensure he will not be run out of office by angry constituents who hate his bigotry and traitorous words against the restoration of our country.
    How sad for SC to be run by such ignorant white racists! The state population is primarily poor blacks who should rise up and throw these corrupt white men who work to keep them poor and uneducated out of office.
    SC needs to clean house and rid itself of all its eltisit white racists who have no business representing their state. They have made SC a laughing stock.

    June 15, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Ben in Texas

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

    The Repugnant Party is always screaming hysterical nonsense about election fraud, but when a clear, rare example of it shows up in a Democratic primary, they choose not to investigate.

    Somebody should investigate the Attorney General of SC to determine who he is protecting.

    June 15, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. D.

    Apparently the AG hasn't listened to Mr. Greene. How could he have possibly understood how to follow directions at the SC Election Board?
    The man is too limited to quit. Someone send a stitch to talk with him ASAP.

    June 15, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. scott

    i guess he won the lottery.so he save up the money and he got no job.of course the repub attorney general wont look n2 this.i guess they think us people think that horses can fly please dont insult our intelligence we r not stipid sir!

    June 15, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Dar

    Something isnt right here, it just smell's.
    But on the other hand stranger things have happened, I once heard of an community organizer winning an election. :)

    June 15, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Augsbee

    I heard he got 100,000 plus votes, seems to me those people voting for him wanted him and not Mr. Rawl. Maybe Mr. Rawl just can't accept that the Voters wanted someone else????

    June 15, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Simon/Orlando

    I guess this time the Democrats can pull the race card on themselves.

    June 15, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. martin

    I felt embarrassed just watching this guy on TV.

    June 15, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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