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June 15, 2010

South Carolina Pol Questions Dem Senate Candidate's 'Mental Status'

Alvin Greene Interview with CNN ~ Good grief!

Don Lemon talking to South Carolina Democrat U.S. Senate Nominee Alvin Greene about his candidacy. Lemon told Alvin Greene it “makes it look like you have something to hide” that he will not discuss the fact he has been charged with a federal pornography crime, which was unknown to voters at the time of the primary. Greene just repeatedly said his “lawyers” are handling it.

Lemon then told Greene that two Democrats in the state say they are concerned Greene has a “mental impairment.” Greene responded that “they’re the knuckleheads,” as he laughed.

Toward the end of the video, Lemon asked Greene if he was “Ok,” adding “are you mentally sound.” There was a pause and Greene said, “I’m OK.” They went back and forth with that, as Lemon said at one point, “you don’t sound Ok.”


South Carolina Pol Questions Dem Senate Candidate's 'Mental Status'

FOX news

A South Carolina lawmaker on Sunday suggested that new Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene may be intellectually incapable of participating in the general election race.

State Rep. Todd Rutherford told Fox News that he went to Greene's house to discuss with him how Greene succeeded last week in becoming the candidate to challenge Republican Sen. Jim DeMint in the November election, but he found it difficult to decipher an answer.

"About two questions into a conversation with him, it would become apparent that he is not probably fit to answer the questions befitting a Senate candidate," said Rutherford, a Democrat. "If he was put into this, then it is a joke that is funny to all the rest of us, but he doesn't get it -- because I don't know that his mental status is such that he can get it."

On Friday South Carolina authorities launched a formal investigation into Greene's unlikely win. The campaign of his vanquished opponent, Vic Rawl, said it too is looking into reports across the state from voters and poll workers who "experienced problems with voting for whom they intended."

A Rawl campaign spokesman said he believes that the outcome of Tuesday's election is "statistically impossible" and "South Carolinians would rather be 100 percent right than 90 percent uncertain." Greene won with about 60 percent of the vote.

Rutherford said he asked Greene whether his honorable but involuntary discharge from the U.S. Army last August was related to his mental state.

"When I asked him whether they had checked his mental health status, he seemed to suggest that doing so brought about racist implications and other things. He kind of ducked the issue," said Rutherford.

Rutherford added that based on his conversation with Greene about his military service he got the impression that Greene could have decided to spend the $10,400 needed to enter the South Carolina race, but "I doubt it very seriously."

As the questions mount over the selection of Greene, some have attributed it to the arbitrary alphabet since Greene's name appeared above Rawl's on the ballot. Rutherford said the Senate Democratic primary in South Carolina was low profile to begin with and probably "people just hit a button and had no idea who they were voting for."

But South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the House majority whip, said he could reach no conclusion except that Greene is a plant.

"I never said he was a Republican plant. I said he was someone's plant. ... I saw the patterns in this. I know a Democratic pattern, I know a Republican pattern and I saw in the Democratic primary elephant dung all over the place," he told CNN.

Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod said he also is trying to find an explanation for the improbable victory.

"The whole thing is odd. I don't really know how to explain it and I don't think anybody else does either," Axelrod said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Axelrod said he thinks the people of South Carolina deserve the best nominee on the ballot, although he supposes Greene would argue that since he won the election, he is the best candidate.

"How he won the primary is a big mystery though, and until you resolve that I don't think he can claim to be a strong, credible candidate," he said.

Rutherford said Greene certainly is not like other politicians.

"My conversation with him was not with someone who is all about politics, has an agenda, and wants his 15 minutes of fame. He would've been just fine sitting in his house, which he apparently did the entire campaign. I don't think he ever left his house," he said.

"It's scary because you don't want to suggest that somebody who does not have what everybody else has can't run for office, but it's also the fact that he won, so what do you do?” Rutherford asked.


Wild Thing's comment........

All he has to do is vote “present” for the next two years and he’ll be qualified for the presidency.

He is no less of an idiot than Nancy Pelosi, Bobby Rush, Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee, Eleanor Holmes Norton, or Barbara Boxer, or Chaka Fattah.

If he wins (and that would not surprise me), he will be in good company with his fellow

He was an intelligence officer in our armed forces., he won a senate primary without spending hardly a dime campaigning. Is there any other democrat who can make that claim? LOL

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at June 15, 2010 04:45 AM


One thing they're not saying about why this guy got elected. Maybe people were so fed up with established politicians, they voted for someone they never heard of, someone they knew wasn't a politician.

Most in Congress don't know rat shit from rice krispies. All they know is what their staff tells them. If this guy gets elected, he may do better than many of them. After all, he did make it 13 years in he Army.

Posted by: BobF at June 15, 2010 10:03 AM

Why are the democrats afraid of this guy. Only democrats can vote in the primary and once you register for that party, your locked in for quite awhile at least till after the election.

Alvin Greene is your A-typical democrat, he's just more typical than most.

Now what is obama going to say about his Party trying to kick out a fellow democrat, and possible Black Caucus Member... typical White people ? Even though some of kickers are black. As obama said, " I don't have all the facts but I think Al Greene acted stupidly"

It seems like obama never has all the facts maybe he should invest in some honest advisors.

Posted by: Mark at June 15, 2010 02:49 PM

BobF., well said!!!

Mark, your right, why are they so upset with this guy, what about their Barney Frank etc.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 15, 2010 06:34 PM