Alvin Greene is Here to Stay

| Fri Jun. 18, 2010 11:25 AM EDT

The South Carolina Democratic Party voted overwhelming to uphold Alvin Greene's victory over Vic Rawl last week. Members of the state party's executive committee rejected an appeal by Rawl to hold a new Senate primary contest. State and party officials have now rejected three of the four challenges to Greene: Earlier this week, South Carolina Attorney General, Republican Henry McMaster, declined to investigate the election results, citing an absence of any evidence of "criminal wrongdoing." Similarly, the state's election commission has also declined to investigate. And so far, none of the conspiracy theories surrounding Greene's win have yielded any hard proof. Nothing to see here, folks, move along.

A few anxious South Carolina Democrats—concerned about Greene's rather, erh, unpolished candidacy—are already groping for a Plan B. Some allies of former congressional candidate Linda Ketner, a Charleston businesswoman, are now urging her to run as an independent in the race, starting to collect the 10,000 signatures needed to get her on the ballot. "Long shot?," wrote one confidante in an email to former Ketner staffers. "Yes. Have crazier things happened in SC? Yes. Can you help?"

Meanwhile, Greene shows no signs of slowing his quote-tastic media roll-out. Earlier this week, he told a Time reporter that he was "the best person to be Time magazine's Man of the Year." And a few South Carolinians who actually voted for Greene are coming out of the woodwork to explain their reasoning. Here's one self-denigrating woman admits that it was because his name reminded her of soul legend Al Green.

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