Yesterday, I wrote about Alvin Greene, the Democratic nominee to run against Sen. Jim DeMint in South Carolina. Greene, a political novice, reportedly ran essentially no campaign — no events, no signs, no debates, no website, no fundraising. Nonetheless, he obtained almost 60 percent of the vote in his race against Vic Rawl, a county council member and former state legislator.
Now, Rep. Jim Clyburn is claiming, as the article I linked to yesterday suggested, that Greene might be a Republican plant. And he wants the U.S. Attorney to investigate. “Somebody gave [Greene] that $10,000 [the filing fee] and he who took it should be investigated, and he who gave it should be investigated,” Clyburn intoned.
If Republicans did “plant” Greene, the move would stand in contrast to the Democrats, who restrict voter choice by inducing candidates not to run for the Senate. But did Republicans “plant” the nearly 100,000 voters who chose Greene instead of the establishment Democrat?
UPDATE: Here’s an extended interview with Mr. Greene. He’s a man of few words and handles condescension well (see especially the last few questions). I don’t anticipate too much offensively negative campaigning either by Greene or Sen. DeMint.
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