Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina says he wants to stay in the race, even though his party wants him to step down. Meanwhile, new details of his arrests have emerged.
Alvin Greene, 32, won the Democratic nomination in a primary victory over Vic Rawl Tuesday night. Greene is a political newcomer and did not have an organized campaign, yet received 59 percent support. That represented 99,970 votes to Rawl's 69,572.
Greene is scheduled to face Republican incumbent Jim DeMint in the November general election.
Not even one full day after the victory, however, it was revealed that Greene had been arrested months ago on a charge of disseminating, procurring, or promoting obscenity.
The incident took place November 12, 2009 at the Bates House residence hall on the University of South Carolina's campus. A female student reported that a man, later identified as Greene, sat down beside her in the computer lab.
The student did not know Greene.
She said the man asked her for her name, room number, and phone number, but she did not give it to him. She told officers that five minutes later, he told her to look at his computer screen, which she said had pornographic images on it. She told him that it was "offensive and not funny," and started to leave. The incident report states that Greene then asked her if he could come to her room, and she told him to leave her alone. The student said she then went up to her room and told her resident mentor about the incident.
In affidavit against Greene, police say they have surveillance video which shows the interaction.
When police arrived, they spoke to residence staff, who said Greene had been entering the Bates House for some time using an old Carolina Card with his picture on it. The staff had been told not to allow him inside the building anymore, but the person working that day had not been made aware of this information, and let Greene in as he normally did.
Greene has not been indicted, and has not entered a plea to the charges against him.
News19 spoke to him Wednesday about the incident, and he said he would not comment on his arrest.
South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler said she was not aware of his arrest before Wednesday, and has called on him to withdraw from the race.
"This new information about Mr. Greene...would certainly have affected the decisions of many of those voters," Fowler said in a written statement."I hope he will see the wisdom of leaving the race."
Greene, however, says he still intends to be the party nominee.
"South Carolinians have spoken they've chosen me to be the democratic party's nominee and so we have to be pro South Carolina rather than being anti-Greene."
If Greene is convicted, he will not be eligible for the U.S. Senate. If he decides to withdraw from the race before November, the South Carolina Election Commission would decide how to proceed.