Alvin Greene booking photograph from November of 2009.
COLUMBIA, SC (AP, WLTX) - The Democratic nominee for the U.S Senate, Alvin Greene, is waving off attempts to get him to withdraw from the race, after it was reported that he is facing a pending felony charge.
Court records show the 32-year-old Greene was arrested in November and charged with disseminating, procurring or promoting obsenity.
Greene is set to face Republican incumbent Jim DeMint in the November General Election.
Wednesday afternoon, Carol Fowler, the South Carolina Democratic Party Chair, called on Greene to withdraw from the race.
"Today I spoke with Alvin Greene, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the US Senate, and asked him to withdraw from the race," Fowler said in a written statement Wednesday. "I did not do this lightly, as I believe strongly that the Democratic voters of this state have the right to select our nominee. But this new information about Mr. Greene has would certainly have affected the decisions of many of those voters.
"We are proud to have nominated a Democratic ticket this year that, with the apparent exception of Mr. Greene, reflects South Carolina's values. Our candidates want to give this state a new beginning without the drama and irresponsibility of the past 8 years, and the charges against Mr. Greene indicate that he cannot contribute to that new beginning. I hope he will see the wisdom of leaving the race."
Greene is accused of showing Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.
Greene said he had no comment when asked about the charge Wednesday and hung up on a reporter.
The unemployed veteran posted bond after his arrest. He has yet to enter a plea or be indicted.
Records indicate Greene showed photos to a woman and talked about going to her room at a university dorm.
On Tuesday, Greene stunned state Democratic Party leaders by winning the nomination. He raised no money and put up no campaign website. He beat former four-term state lawmaker Vic Rawl, 64, who had raised about $186,000 and had to abruptly scrap a late-week fundraiser for the fall.
Greene said he spent a total of 13 years in the Air Force and Army before leaving the Army in August.
DeMint, a conservative Republican and tea party darling pursuing a second term, has marshaled a $3.5 million war chest already to face the bare-pockets Democratic underdog.
Political analysts don't give Greene a chance. Few expected Rawl would have fared better.
Rawl's lengthy resume lists four past state House terms and former posts as prosecutor, circuit court judge and more.
DeMint trounced a Charleston lawyer, Susan Gaddy, in the GOP contest to advance.