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Party keeps Greene at distance

Alvin Greene is the Democratic Party's nominee for the U.S. Senate, but that doesn't mean Democratic Party members actually support his candidacy.

One day after the party's executive committee rejected a protest of his shocking primary victory, the party seemed to be keeping its distance from Greene, an unemployed military veteran facing a felony obscenity charge.

Carol Fowler, the party chairwoman who called for Greene to withdraw from the race when she learned about his felony charge, would not commit to dedicating any party resources to Greene as he moves toward a contest this fall against U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

A regional spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, which, under ordinary circumstances, might be singing the praises of the historic run of a black man for a U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina, would not comment on Greene. And the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee makes no mention on its website of Greene's candidacy.

"When you have a candidate who is under the type of legal cloud he's under, you are going to distance yourself," Fowler said.

Silence from his fellow Democrats didn't seem to bother the 32-year old Greene on Friday morning.

Reached at his home in Manning, he said he had not heard from anyone in the party after its executive committee members grudgingly rejected a protest of the primary filed by Greene's opponent, Charleston County Councilman Vic Rawl, who argued that some type of voting machine malfunction had to be responsible for his primary pasting.

Greene won the primary with 59 percent of the vote despite that pending felony charge and despite raising no money or even having a website.

Asked if he has any campaign events planned, anything voters or media members could attend, he paused.

"Right now, I don't really have anything," he said.

Irmo City Councilman Barry Walker said he wants Democrats to give Greene some political help.

He said he spoke with Greene in May and came away convinced he was a most unusual candidate.

"I think he's like a Forrest Gump or a Rain Main," Walker said, adding that maybe, just maybe, DeMint will overlook Greene as Rawl did - with similar results.