Weirdness In South Carolina

A publicly unknown, unemployed Army veteran who lives with his father somehow pays the $10,400 fee to run for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina.  He holds no fundraisers and runs totally under the radar.  Yet he somehow garners 99.970 votes and defeats his only competitor in the Democratic primary by a comfortable margin.  Almost immediately thereafter the news media discovers that he was arrested last year on an obscenity-related charge.

Such is the odd story of Alvin Greene, for now at least the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina.  Some people, incuding South Carolina Democratic Congressman James Clyburn, are crying foul.  They think Greene may be a “Republican plant” (which Greene denies), and according to the Christian Science Monitor article linked above South Carolina has a history of electoral weirdness and “dirty tricks.”

What does it say about the South Carolina Democratic Party that Greene’s past and present circumstances were not addressed during the primary campaign?  Why would anyone need to play a “dirty trick” on a party in such disarray that it could not field a candidate that could defeat a candidate who had no money and ran no campaign?  And how in the world could almost 100,000 South Carolinians vote for someone who was such a complete unknown?

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