Updated at 4:35 p.m.: The creature that is South Carolina politics continues to amaze. From the Associated Press:
South Carolina’s Democratic Party has asked its own Senate nominee to withdraw after learning the man has been charged with a felony.
Chairwoman Carol Fowler said she asked Alvin Greene to withdraw from the campaign against U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint Wednesday after The Associated Press reported Greene had been charged with a felony.
Court records show Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.
Records indicate Greene showed photos to a woman and talked about going to her room at a university dorm.
Greene declined to comment on the charge earlier Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Greene stunned state Democratic Party leaders by winning the nomination. He had no organized campaign in his victory over a former state lawmaker.
From The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.:
“Our candidates want to give this state a new beginning without the drama and irresponsibility of the past 8 years,” Fowler said in a statement, “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, an unemployed veteran who lives near Manning, was a surprise winner over better-known and better-funded candidate Vic Rawl.
Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2010/06/09/1324808/party-asks-nominee-with-pending.html#ixzz0qOHfMYZn
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