Jim Clyburn Says Elephant Dung All Over South Carolina Primary Involving Alvin Greene

4:35 PM, Jun 13, 2010   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn says something is seriously wrong with Alvin Greene's win in the Democratic Senate Primary race, and he believes outside forces may be to blame.

Clyburn addressed the ongoing controversy Sunday with Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union."

Greene's win last Tuesday over Vic Rawl stunned the political experts both in South Carolina and nationwide. Greene, an unemployed veteran, was able to pay the $10,400 filing fee for the office, ran no commericials, and didn't have a website--yet won nearly 60 percent of the vote. Previous Coverage: Greene Says He Raised His Own Money | Greene Says He Won't Withdraw

After the election, it was revealed that he has a pending felony obscenity charge stemming from a November 2009 incident at a dorm on the University of South Carolina campus. An incident report filed by USC police states Greene showed a 19-year-old college student internet porn. Previous: New Details Emerge in Case

Because of that news, several prominent Democrats, including State Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler, have called for him to withdraw from the race.

Sunday, Clyburn (D-6th District) told CNN he noticed problems in his own primary contest against Gregory Brown. Clyburn easily bested his opponent, garnering 90 percent of the vote.

The longtime congressman said a political consultant with Republican ties worked for Brown's campaign.

He believes something similar may have happened with Greene's contest.

"I know a Democratic pattern, I know a Republican pattern, and I saw in the Democratic primary elephant dung all over the place," Clyburn said.

Clyburn has suggested Greene may be a plant, but would not directly say he believe the Republican party was responsible.

Last week, South Carolina GOP Party Spokesman Joel Sawyer said there was no truth to the suggestions, and said Democrats were trying to shift blame for not properly vetting their candidate.

Meanwhile, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is preparing a complaint against Greene's win.

The group wants the Federal Election Commission to review the results. Executive Director Melanie Sloan expects to file the complaint Tuesday.


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