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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Alvin Greene Should Pass The Salt To Rep. Clyburn For That Crow He Is Eating

Alvin Greene, the man who made headlines by beating out the hand picked Democratic candidate for the South Caroline Senate seat.

Greene did this without a website, computer, campaign staff, or any of the usual trappings a candidate utilizes to win a campaign.

He won the Democratic primary against the well funded and Democratically backed, former circuit judge Vic Rawl and he did it with 60 percent of the South Caroline vote.

Democrats went nuts trying to get Greene to step down, withdraw and Representative Jim Clyburn (D-SC) accused Greene of being some type of "plant" and wanted an investigation into how an unemployed veteran afforded the $10,400 filing fee to get his name on the ballot.

Well, the investigation is done and lo' and behold, Clyburn is eating crow today because according state investigators, Greene used his own money.

Money accounted for

In its investigation, Lloyd said, SLED had access to all Greene’s checking and savings accounts.

Those monthly statements showed Greene, 32, had a monthly balance last fall of several thousand dollars in his Bank of Clarendon checking account in Manning, Lloyd said.

Last October, Greene received a $5,843 check from the U.S. Department of Defense in connection with his discharge from the military last year.

“That brought him up to more than $8,200,” Lloyd said.

Greene continued having a checking account balance of about that amount into March, when Greene received a federal income tax refund of $2,173 and a state tax refund of $932, Lloyd said.

“At that point, he had more than $11,400 in his account,” Lloyd said.

Greene was also getting a $1,100 monthly unemployment check, Lloyd said. Since Greene lived with his father and had few expenses other than “haircuts and groceries,” his unemployment check was another source of government income for the discharged veteran, Lloyd said.

In mid-March, Greene walked into the S.C. Democratic Party headquarters in Columbia and produced a check written on his personal account that eventually made him a candidate, Lloyd said.

“We have accounted for all the money that he used to pay his $10,400 filing fee,” said Lloyd.

Some salt to go with your crow Mr. Clyburn?