South Carolina Democratic Nominee for Senate Facing Felony Obscenity Charge

The late South Carolina Congressman James L. Petigru once said, “South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum.” First there was Mark Sanford, who resigned after an affair with a woman in Argentina. Then the woman who wants to replace him, GOP gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, became embroiled in a couple of alleged “inappropriate” trysts with a blogger and a lobbyist — a normally damaging problem for a family-value, Palin-supported conservative. Now, Alvin Greene, 32, the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate has revealed that he is facing a pending felony charge for obscenity.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint already shredded his primary opponent and now faces a relatively unknown candidate who will have to fight a felony charge while running for election.

Greene, an unemployed veteran who lives with his parents, was a surprise winner in the primary over former four-term state lawmaker Vic Rawl, 64. He was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

He has refused to comment on the charges, though he reportedly showed the woman the pictures and wanted to go up to her room. Of course, his defense could be that he was just trying to show how South Carolina is full of “Smiling Faces. Beautiful Places.”

Normally, this type of case does not result in an actual trial. If the individual is not distributing pornography or making threats, prosecutors usually treat this as creepy or boorish behavior. Obscenity remains an often ambiguous concept in criminal codes. Reports indicate that Camille McCoy, a 19-year-old rising sophomore, said that Greene sat down next to her in a computer lab and asked her to look at his screen which showed a porn site. That is usually not enough for a criminal charge. Moreover, it is hard to imagine that the police could show for sure which image was showing on the screen at the time. There are often complaints of people watching pornography on airplanes or college computer labs. Such conduct can result in expulsion from a public area or even a school, but rarely rises to the level of a criminal charge. We will have to know more about the case to see why this resulted in an arrest.

However, that is a legal, not a political, analysis. I am frankly not sure what constitutes a political scandal any more in South Carolina. Citizens in the conservative state may have to look to God-fearing public servants in places like Massachusetts and California as examples of good government.

For the people of South Carolina, they were already having a bad day and may have confused two different Alvins :

Sometimes the system goes on the blink
And the whole thing turns out wrong
You might not make it back and you know
That you could be well oh that strong
And I’m not wrong


So where is the passion when you need it the most
Oh you and I
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost

Cause you had a bad day
You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don’t know
You tell me don’t lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You’ve seen what you like
And how does it feel for one more time
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

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34 thoughts on “South Carolina Democratic Nominee for Senate Facing Felony Obscenity Charge”

  1. A brief update :

    I did just see a brief news segment about Greene in which it appears he does finally show the same reporter a photo of himself in uniform, and so that matter may no longer be in question.

    But many other questions remain …

  2. Jay S. –

    Correct. This guy is why they came up with the term “train-wreck” in describing something horrible that you can’t pull your eyes away from. Today I have sought out and been rewarded with a few different interviews with this guy, and they are legendary. I don’t mean to be “mean” but this guy is not all there.

    Yes, something fishy indeed.

    Unemployed and living with his parents, but he still managed to afford the ten grand to register for the primary. If any of you get the chance please see the ABC interview with Greene in his home when the reporter asks him to show a photo of himself in a military uniform. He can’t find one, but he does present several baby pictures of himself and even the baby shoes his parents had bronzed. Again, I propose the term “train-wreck”.

    In a different interview, which lasts about ten minutes, he manages to signal, with all of the body language he can muster, a sincere desire to return to his parent’s house and hide. Greene did manage to answer the interviewer’s questions by providing the least amount of information possible. His campaign slogan could be, “A Man Of Few Words”. And while brevity is a welcome characteristic with politicians today, his seems to be of a more evasive nature. Mr. Short-Answer.

    Rather than “Yes We Can”, his approach may be summed up by the simple utterance of the word, “Yes”.

    Reporter: Do you have transportation that you can use to get out there and campaign?

    Greene: Yes.

    Reporter #2: Are you ready for this?

    Greene: Yes.

    His brief interview with Keith O. will be viral (if it isn’t already).

    The new “Greene Movement”.


  3. This evening on TV I saw Mr. Green being interviewed. Something is really fishy here. This guy does not seem to have actually done any campaigning, seems to be barely articulate. How could the state Dems have not known what was going down?

  4. It’s beginning to appear that the entire South Carolina political establishment is an obscenity.

  5. Who knows these days.

    It’s like opening Christmas presents. You can shake the package but you still don’t know what you get until you take off the pretty paper and see whats inside.

  6. Maybe he went to the tea party with Sharon Angle the new voice of the republican party.

  7. P.S. there are a few who would like to also see him investigated and it may happen sooner than you think.

  8. The same charge has been leveled against Obama.

    Obama: A Republican Plant?
    by Bob Parks

    Many of us had no idea the Republican Party had it in them, but to devise and implement such a plan was ingenious. Think about it; party leadership acting totally inept while a charismatic young Democrat presidential candidate captures the imagination of the normally lethargic youth vote, captures the senior vote, women, and even sends a thrill up the leg of the media.


    And within a few short months after attaining the presidency, he conducts himself in a manner (personally and in office) that had not only invigorated his political opponents, but has them so energized they take to the streets and even march on The Capitol (more than once). One would have to conclude Barack Hussein Obama is either the most politically clueless president ever, or… is really a stealth Republican destroying the Democrat Party from within.

    Is Barack Obama a Republican plant?

    continue reading here:

  9. Clyburn says Green is a plant maybe even a republican plant. He calls for an investigation.

  10. South Carolina’s newly-minted Democratic Senate nominee remained defiant Wednesday night, saying he wouldn’t step aside even after charges surfaced that he had shown a college student obscene photos last fall.

    State Democratic Party officials have called for Alvin Greene to withdraw from the race, but he told the Associated Press that “the people have spoken. We need to be pro-South Carolina, not anti-Greene,” and that he would remain in the race.”

    Read more:

  11. Byron:

    Correct, I should have used “Candidate” not “Republican”. I was more referring to this particular situation.

  12. PaulyT2:

    Primaries should be closed for just that reason, both parties do it.

  13. We can now expect more great candidates like this from California now that they just adopted Open Primaries. Are you a Republican that doesn’t want a real contest in the general election? Tell your supporters to go vote in the Democratic primary and elect a guy that has no chance. That is exactly what happen here!

  14. Byron,

    That was a good story.

    Didn’t the party vet Mr. Greene or were the circumstances that led to his primary victory beyond the party’s control?

    Jon Stewart had a great deal to say about this the other night and he ended something like this:

    With all the trouble and pain in the world today, we can always count on South Carolina for comic relief. Thank you South Carolina.

  15. “He was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.”

    Come on, what more do you have? This does indeed sound political.

  16. John:

    what is the problem? Both Mr. Green and Ms. Haley are probably better suited to represent us than most currently in congress. He is a veteran, one would assume based on his age, with combat experience and Ms. Haley come from a family of successful business people.

    Experience counts for something and Yale, Harvard and Princeton have screwed our country up so badly a homeless wino could have done a better job at governance.

    True story:

    I went to DC one weekend to see the museums and met a homeless man asking for money. I stopped and talked to him about how much he made, he told me about a $100/day and I said I might like to try that. He told me since I use a wheelchair I could probably do better, so I asked him why he didn’t go to good will and buy one to help him do better. His response “it wouldn’t be honest to my customers”.

    If only we had that devotion to the truth in government service. As I said, I would trust that man more than I would some miseducated Yale moron to run things.

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