Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, Alvin Greene, maintains that he raised his own money for his campaign, even though a prominent party leader is calling into question how he entered the race.
Greene won the Democratic nomination in Tuesday's primary election by defeating Vic Rawl. He received 59 percent of the vote. As it stands now, he would face incumbent Republican Senator Jim DeMint in November. Previous: Greene Faces Felony Charge
Greene, who lives in Manning, SC, is a political newcomer and did not have an organized campaign, but he has stated repeatedly that he did go around the state and talk to voters.
However, the day after the election, it was revealed that Greene had been arrested for an incident which took place on November 12, 2009 at the Bates House on the University of South Carolina campus. An incident report states that Greene entered the computer lab at the residence hall and showed a female student a pornographic image on his computer. Previous Coverage: Read More About the Arrest
South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler said she didn't learn of the incident until Wednesday, and quickly called for Greene to withdraw from the race.
Greene has declined that offer.
On Thursday, some began to speculate how Greene, an unemployed veteran, was able to pull off his election win.
"As far as I know he did not leave his house the whole time that he was running for office," Fowler said. "He didn't go to Democratic party events, even in his own county. He didn't have any signs. He didn't have any bumper stickers, he didn't have any radio spots. He doesn't even have a computer at home so he wasn't sending e-mails."
U.S. Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina) called for a probe into the election, and how he paid the $10,400 filing fee.
"I think the state and federal authorities need to look into this and see exactly who is behind this because something is amiss," Clyburn said.
Clyburn believes there is a coordinated effort behind the win. He says he has heard that people living in rural communities were informed outside the polls to vote for the first name on the ballot, which in this case was Greene.
News19 made several calls Wednesday to determine who would investigate the election, and found that the Federal Election Commission would have to take a look at the situation first.
State Represenative Todd Rutherford (D-Richland County) and State Representative Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg County) held a private meeting with Greene Thursday.
Sellers told a reporter afterward that he did ask Greene to withdraw, but said he has no reason to think that Greene didn't act on his own to get the money to file.
"He's 32 years old," Sellers said. "He said he saved his money. I believe him."
Rutherford hinted the GOP may have played a role.
"If Republicans put him in the race they've done what they're accomplished, what they set out to do, but they shouldn't do that to someone who doesn't get the joke," Rutherford said.
"The Democratic Party is grasping at straws," said GOP Spokesman Joel Sawyer. "They couldn't do something very basic in letting their voters know who this guy is. The fact that he has a charge pending against him and so now they're seeking to shift blame wherever possible. The only force at work here is the fact that the folks at the Democratic Party were asleep at the wheel."
Meanwhile, Greene has become the talk of the political scene both statewide and national. He appeared on several cable news programs throughout the day Thursday.
For his part, he says the win is legitimate, and he wants to keep it going until November.
"I am just trying to stay focused on getting South Carolina back to work and concentrating on issues," Greene said. "We have more unemployed now in South Carolina than any other time in South Carolina's history."