A few weeks ago, Alvin Greene became the Democratic senatorial nominee in South Carolina's June primaries. After he won, he was dismissed by many, including House Majority Whip, Congressman James Clyburn, and the White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs. I heard Roland S. Martin interview Greene on The Tom Joyner Morning Show shortly after his win and his interview was very condescending and dismissive as well. Greene has not proven to be the most articulate politician but he did win the party's nomination. Greene was accused of being a Republican plant by Clyburn and the 10K filing fee was supposedly funneled by the Republican Party. Greene's win derailed the properly vetted old school politician who campaigned his butt off but lost to an unemployed, unknown, college educated veteran who did not have a website, a campaign headquarter, or fliers.
Last week, Alvin Greene was exonerated by state officials and it was reported by many national media online outlets. However, very few in the Black media have reported that "Greene is clean." Many Black folks in the media are unwilling to hear the rest of his story. According to The State, South Carolina"s leading newspaper, "State law enforcement officials wrapped up an investigation of Greene's finances after questions were raised about how he could qualify for indigent defense and afford to pay more than $10,000 to seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate."
In this political atmosphere, unpredictable has become the new norm. No candidate labeled a Republican, Conservative, Tea Party member, Democrat, Liberal, or a Progressive can be bagged and tagged and given an office. When I asked several in the national media on Twitter are they going to interview Greene again, the answer was repeatedly, "NO." If you are wondering like everyone else how was Greene able to fund his filing fee, here is what was uncovered from South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED):
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.
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.