July 5th, 2010
11:49 AM ET
11 years ago

Ketner ends South Carolina Senate drive

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.

A former congressional candidate who came within four points of unseating Rep. Henry Brown in 2008, Ketner needed 10,000 signatures by July 15 to get her name on the ballot.

Ketner emerged as a possible Senate candidate in the wake of a Democratic primary that resulted in the nomination of Alvin Greene, an unemployed political novice.

Greene's victory shocked the South Carolina political establishment, but Democratic Party officials voted to uphold the primary results.

Last week, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said it is investigating how Greene came up with the $10,440 needed to get his name on the Democratic Senate primary ballot.

Greene has said the $10,000 filing fee required to enter the Democratic primary came from personal savings accumulated during his time in the military. But when Greene was arrested last November for allegedly showing pornographic images on a computer at the University of South Carolina, he requested a public defender saying he could not afford a lawyer.

Greene will not officially be certified as the Democratic nominee until August 16, when the party sends their candidate list to the state election commission. Greene will face incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint in November.

Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • Jim DeMint • South Carolina
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. desperately need – better government

    not just S.C., Cali needs better government as well

    but S.C. is a freak show

    July 5, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. DENNA

    Too bad. I hope that a viable Democrat runs and wins. We don't need anymore hypocritical white males pretending to be 'family values believers' while 'hiking on the Appalachian trail". Come on South Carolina, pay attention.

    July 5, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. malabar

    So an unqualified black man won against a qualified white man. is it now safe to say black democrats are as racist as white republicans in SC or are we all still pretending thats not the case?

    July 5, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Luke Brown

    DeMint is a disaster for South Carolina, and these Tea Party types are driving the state backwards. State government there is a joke.

    This lady is smart, honest, and humble. I wish she would have run, though I doubt the mentally challenged voters in that state would have elected her.

    July 5, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Ruth

    Amen. S.C. IS a freak show. Better wake up S.C. Get rid of the rich, old, white republicans.

    July 5, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    Talk about a "FREAK SHOW", it would really be one if this guy Alvin Greene beat Jim DeMint. I can hear them calling him through the halls of the Senate right now............ALLLLLLLLLLVVVVVIINNNNNN. LOL

    July 5, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |