Originally posted at NewsReal:
When the schadenfreude-licious Alvin Greene won the Democrat nomination for senate in South Carolina, the ever delusional Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) accused Republicans of funding Alvin Greene as a “plant” to ensure Senator Jim DeMint’s reelection. Yes, that Jim DeMint. The one who would clearly and soundly trounce any Democrat opponent without trickery of any sort by relying on his policy ideas and sound judgment.
The motive could very well be to embarrass the Democratic party. This could be embarrassing if we do not get it worked out. Or this could be someone who wanted to ensure a victory [for incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint],” Clyburn said.
Clyburn concluded there is a “great possibility” that someone paid for him to run and tampered with the machines.
So, an investigation commenced because, really, South Carolina doesn’t have anything better to do with its law enforcement budget, apparently. The investigation has just been completed and guess who funded Alvin Greene?
We, the taxpayers did. He paid his own fee from money he had received in military benefits and from unemployment checks he has been collecting. As Erick Erickson at RedState points out, the very same unemployment benefits that Democrats themselves are continuously extending . Via Hot Air:
Alvin Greene, the obscure jobless man whose come-from-nowhere victory in the June Democratic primary for U.S. Senate created a national furor, had legitimate sources of income to pay his $10,400 primary entry fee, law enforcement sources said Friday.
He will not, according to SLED, face criminal deception charges for requesting a taxpayer funded attorney in a still pending criminal case against him.
The source of Greene’s money is none other than the U.S. government and the S.C. state government, said SLED director Reggie Lloyd.
Greene had received almost $6000 from his military discharge, and another $3000 from tax refunds. He also had a few thousand dollars in his bank account before that, and had been receiving $1100 per month in jobless benefits. Greene lives with his father, so his expenses are low — just “haircuts and groceries,” as SLED put it.
Alvin Greene not only has super keen job creation ideas, but he knows how to budget and save money! Better than most Democrats, I’d say.
In the end, I suppose Rep. Clyburn was correct. It certainly is embarrassing. For Democrats.
Cross-posted from NewsReal
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