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Quoted: Alvin Greene's campaign fundraising strategy?

(Mary Ann Chastain/AP)

"Can I get paid for this interview?"

-- Alvin Greene, the unemployed mystery candidate in the South Carolina Senate race (believed by some to be a GOP plant) who unexpectedly beat a four-term legislator in the Democratic primary, to our colleague investigating the story, Manuel Roig-Franzia, on Friday.

By The Reliable Source  |  June 13, 2010; 1:27 PM ET
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I know a Democratic pattern, I know a Republican pattern, and I saw in the Democratic primary elephant dung all over the place, and so I knew something was wrong in that primary,” Clyburn said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

He added that “people intentionally circumvented the law, the rules and the regulations, did not file any disclosures, did not file any of their campaign finances, yet they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars running this campaign and broke every law.” HEY SOUNDS JUST LIKE THE DEMOCRATIC WAY CONGRESS HAS BEEN DOING THINGS RIGHT Clyburn YOU HYPOCRITE BIGOT S&&THEAD

Posted by: yourmomscalling | June 13, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Apparently SC democrats thought Al Green, the popular southern singer/songwriter was on the ballot. lol..I'll bet Democrats would do the same if they saw names like Frank Roosevelt or Michael Jackston on a ballot. Democrats voted for Mr. Greene, own him, and now need to get behind his candidacy.

Posted by: Sigmonde | June 13, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Maybe someone persuaded Greene he could raise money by running for the Senate. He could even have learned it in school. After all, he was a political science major. And it looks like he's gotten the kind of exposure that can make that happen. The Al Greene Story anyone?

Posted by: michele3d | June 13, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Public Policy Polling, the polling and research organization that correctly predicted the governor's race, says there's no evidence of Republican involvement in the Democratic Primary. Read it yourself:

The Democrats have only themselves to blame. They took his $10,000, apparently did very little research on the guy, and then VOTED FOR HIM!

How is this the Republicans' fault again?

Posted by: acole0512 | June 13, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The democrats should offer Mr. Greene a job as ...oh...I don't know...maybe...ah...ambassador to...uh...maybe...Greece...If he would step aside. He sounds perfect for the job. Problem solved.

Posted by: djoshimisk | June 13, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The many things Alvin Greene says and does that could get him deeper in trouble have convinced me that he is not a smart person playing dumb, as some bloggers are claiming. Greene has already violated campaign reporting laws and possibly taken bribes. Now, he is trying illicit efforts to raise money. And, doing it publicly!

Yes, Greene graduated from college, but so did Sarah Palin.

Methinks he is probably a slow person taken advantage of by others. But, I also see some egotism in his behavior. He may believe he is the hotter than July, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

Posted by: query0 | June 13, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

This one is a mystery. For sure Mr. Greene acts like he is missing beat. But now I hear he graduated from college in poli sci, he is a vet. You never can tell. Some of these ole' school country boys can be damn shrewd, in talking slow and thinking fast.

The fact is the Democrats wrote this seat off for Mr. Demint. That is the big time shame, given his 'opposition'.

For the forces who spent a fortune and clout trying to beat Lincoln in Ark,- they had a clean shot at putting a sharp progressive candidate on the ballot in SC and going to town in the general against Mr. Demint. Showing that they could add to the (D) majority as opposed to dividing the party and trying demoralize the base. Ed

How many other R senators were given a free ride, while all this big mouth cable talk was raging at 6:00 on the left.
Now they have Mr. Greene. Hell if he resolves his charges he might just win.

Posted by: empireport | June 13, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Republican plant?

Hell no.

It sounds like Acorn has revived itself under another name and is back in the business of giving us useless candidates who they will back to win so that Obama can keep his 60 votes in the Senate.

Investigate, then rack up the charges.

Posted by: letscheck | June 14, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Mark Sanford can carry on through Rep. Greene by mentoring him and being a good friend when the going gets tough. Shoulder to shoulder, eyes shining alike, full of purpose, Socrates and Alcibiades reborn, carrying the load for their state. Peace and love!

Posted by: Neverwrong | June 14, 2010 3:42 AM | Report abuse

What an obvious political scam this is.
If the FBI doesn't find out who rigged this,
I'd fire them and send in the Federal Marshals
and if they couldn't do the job, I send in the Justice department.
But anyone can see this is a complete set up
and this Greene character is a "mark" and a "plant".
Someone is challanging the authority of the Federal government to monitor a free and fare election.
I would have my men on the ground today going through the records like a pack of wild dogs.
I want the fix-it man and I want him now!
This is no time for political cowardice.

This has the ghost of Lee Atwater written all over it.

Posted by: steve_real | June 14, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Questioning his legitimacy is code for being a black man. Why are liberals afraid to vote for a black man not sanctioned by leadership?

Posted by: Cryos | June 14, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe there is any conspiracy here. The odd part is that DeMint is solid in this state. I don't care if they run J.C. himself, DeMint will win this race. I do not believe that there is a comspiracy of any kind. I can see that the deocrats may not have put much up in the way of a fight because we all know DeMint is going to win this election. I just do not believe there is any conspiracy involved here. Given DeMint's position in the RNC powers that be, DeMint is a solid winner. This man Alvin Greene may have just saved his money and enterred the race. As far as Clyburn, he has been a race baiter since the dawn of his birth and he will never be any different. He carries a chip on his shoulder the size of a large building and he has never met anyone that did not offend him in some way.

Posted by: sarah39 | June 14, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

This is the Balloon Boy all over again. I put a thousand dollars down to all betters this was a con job! Anyone in these here United States want to put their money where their mouth is? You get a thousand dollars if the Balloon Boy of South Carolina is telling the truth as testified before the Judge.
Any takers for my $1000.00 bet?

Posted by: steve_real | June 14, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The odds have now been up
7 to 1
the Balloon Boy of South Carolina Alvin Greene is a plant.
That's great odds for winning a whole lot of money
Who wants in on this action?

Posted by: steve_real | June 14, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Why has no one mentioned that this might be the result of crossover voting by people who wanted a weak Democratic candidate? It worked with Cynthia McKinney.

Posted by: Dorse | June 14, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

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