Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Democratic Senatorial nominee and political novice Alvin Greene has retained a private criminal defense attorney against charges he showed pornographic images to a college student last November.
Greene, who is unemployed, had come under scrutiny because he claimed he did not have enough funds to retain a lawyer after he was charged, but paid the $10,400 filing fee to run in the primary.
His June 4 victory stunned Democratic politicians in the state because they had never heard of him and saw no proof he had mounted any type of campaign. His primary opponent, Vic Rawl, tried to have the election overturned saying there were voting machine irregularities, but the state party denied the request.
Washington (CNN) – South Carolina is home to one less Senate hopeful, after Democrat Linda Ketner announced Monday that she will not accept a petition nomination to appear on the ballot.
Ketner told supporters of her decision in an email in which she said South Carolinians "deserve – and desperately need – better government," before noting that "a last minute campaign without essential resources won't get us that outcome."
"And so, with great appreciation and humility, I thank those who participated in this initiative, and announce I will not accept a petition candidacy. I have asked that the drive be stopped," Ketner said.
A group of former Ketner campaign staffers and allies had been collecting signatures on her behalf, and even launched a campaign-style website for the petition drive.
(CNN) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating how Alvin Greene, an unemployed political newcomer who could not afford a lawyer when facing criminal charges last year, came up with the $10,440 needed to get his name on the Democratic Senate primary ballot.
The State newspaper reported Monday that Greene is under investigation.
SLED traditionally does not have subpoena power, which would make it difficult to obtain Greene's bank records in the event that he refuses to turn them over.
But according to The State, the agency will take advantage of a new law, signed by Gov. Mark Sanford last week, that allows law enforcement officials to issue administrative subpoenas to financial institutions.
Manning, South Carolina (CNN) - Seated in the living room of the modest home Alvin Greene shares with his father, the surprise winner of this month's Democratic Senatorial nomination is still trying to deal with the notoreity and series of questions that victory has brought.
"I am the best candidate in this United States Senate race in South Carolina," Greene emphasized during a lengthy interview with CNN Wednesday.
On questions of how he could afford the $10,000 filing fee necessary to enter the primary race, he again insisted it was his own personal money savings he had accumulated during his time in the military.
It is "money I saved in the Army," Greene told CNN.
Greene, who was discharged last August, is not currently working and is drawing a monthly unemployment check.
Some state Democrats have speculated he was a plant by someone hoping to disrupt the race and want the origins of the filing fee funds to be investigated.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Democratic Party officials in South Carolina voted Thursday to uphold the result of their controversial Senate primary even though the winner was Alvin Greene, an unemployed political novice who stands almost no chance of defeating Republican Sen. Jim DeMint in November.
Meeting in Columbia, members of the state Democratic Party executive committee voted by a 38-7 margin to reject a protest from former state lawmaker Vic Rawl, the establishment-backed candidate who unexpectedly lost last Tuesday's primary to Greene.
"They did the right thing," Greene said in a brief phone interview. "I am the best candidate for the United States Senate in the state of South Carolina."
Greene did not attend Thursday's hearing, despite entreaties from state party chairwoman Carol Fowler. Last week, Fowler publicly called on Greene to step aside after media reports brought a felony obscenity charge to light. Greene at the time told CNN he would not heed the request.
In arguments Thursday, Rawl's team called the election results suspicious and asked for a new primary vote, citing irregular voting patterns and potentially faulty voting machines.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - As Democrats in South Carolina face the uncomfortable prospect of having unemployed political novice Alvin Greene as their Senate nominee in November, some in the party have launched an effort to put a more polished candidate on the ballot as an independent.
Allies of former congressional candidate Linda Ketner, who came within four points of unseating Rep. Henry Brown in 2008, are seeking 10,000 signatures by July 15 to get Ketner's name on the ballot along with Greene and the Republican incumbent, Sen. Jim DeMint.
Ketner confidante Tasha Gandy announced the "all volunteer viral and field organizing effort" in an e-mail to former Ketner staffers Wednesday. "Long shot?," she wrote. "Yes. Have crazier things happened in SC? Yes. Can you help?"
The former staffers have also launched a campaign-style website for the petition drive.
(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.
Charleston City Councilman Vic Rawl faced off last Tuesday against Greene, an unemployed veteran who is facing criminal charges. The Rawl campaign believes their guy should have won because, well, he had a campaign. According to Rawl spokesperson Walter Ludwig, the candidate drove 17,000 miles around the state, attended events in 20 counties and did a quarter of a million robocalls.
Compare that to Greene who was considerably more lackadaisical – about everything from campaigning to filing FEC reports. “There was a Democratic Party event in [Alvin Greene’s] hometown and he didn’t even show up for that!” says Ludwig. Monday Rawl announced he’s filed a formal protest of the election questioning the “circumstances surrounding Tuesday’s vote” and the “integrity of the election system.”
Don Fowler, the former Democratic state party chair whose wife currently heads the party, thinks voting machines were manipulated or they had serious errors. “Can I prove it no? But that’s what I think,” he tells CNN.
(CNN) - The Democrat who lost to political unknown Alvin Greene in last Tuesday's South Carolina Senate primary is formally contesting the results of the election.
His fate now rests with the state Democratic Party's 92-member executive committee, which will meet on Thursday to hear evidence of the challenge and decide whether to throw out the primary results - an unlikely prospect, Democrats say, without precedent in South Carolina politics.
Charleston City Councilman Vic Rawl said Monday he is filing the protest with the state party because there is "a cloud over Tuesday's election," which Greene won by a 59-41 margin over Rawl.