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Alvin Greene: Democrats Not Ready To Engage On South Carolina Election Shenanigans

First Posted: 06/10/10 07:13 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:45 PM ET

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The Democratic Party apparatus in the state of South Carolina has begun raising serious concerns that the shocking victory of Alvin Greene in the Senate Democratic primary this Tuesday may have been the result of nefarious meddling.

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) the senior black lawmaker in the state, made the case in various interviews on Thursday. State Party Chair Carol Fowler echoed the same point, while also calling on Greene to leave the race because of recent revelations of prior felony charges.

But for all the hints of shenanigans -- and Greene's election is, if anything, truly bizarre -- the national party infrastructure wants nothing more than to sweep the issue under the rug.

"The committee looks at the entire electoral map and decides where it will be spending its best time and resources," Democratic Senate Campaign Committee Chair Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said on Thursday in a briefing for reporters. "And I have to be honest with you that South Carolina is not a place that I am focused on.

"Right now the DSCC is not engaged there," he added. We are engaged in other parts of the country where we can heighten our electoral victories... I will allow the South Carolina Democratic Party, and Congressman Clyburn who I serve with -- and I know can be tenacious -- to, you know, continue to pursue [evidence of corruption]."

The extent to which something seems truly off about Greene's election cannot be understated. And it's clearly evident in an interview he gave with local television on Thursday (below) when he couldn't name a place in which he campaigned in the state. DSCC has no reason to do or say anything while the South Carolina Democratic Party sorts out the situation in what remains, basically, an un-winnable election against Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). But if dirt begins to surface, it would make sense to see the national party begin engaging in the episode more fully.

WATCH Greene's interview:


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