July 8, 2010

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Newspapers in South Carolina are printing the fact Ms. Carol Fowler, Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party (“SCDP”) – she is also the wife of Don Fowler, the former Chair of the DNC Services Corporation – just announced she will not seek re-election to that post in 2011; but they still are not printing the real news:

Ms. Fowler’s resignation represents the departure of the last of the 2 (two) key officers in the state Democratic party – Ms. Fowler and Kathy Hensley, Treasurer – implicated in falsely certifying to the SC Election Commission, candidate Obama was qualified for the office of POTUS in both the 2008 Presidential preference primary and Presidential (Electors) election, which Certification of eligibility is required under SC election law before election officials may print the candidate’s name on the state ballot.

Of course, no documentary evidence exists in the public record to support he is Constitutionally eligible for the job, which fact could explain why both Ms. Hensley and Ms. Fowler refused to respond to voters who asked on what documentary basis either woman had ascertained such ballot eligibility.  Given this record of obfuscation, what D in his or her right mind would dare to step up to the SCDP plate in 2011 and swear Mr. Obama is a NBC?  (And keep in mind, in order to skirt admitting to the charges of election fraud already filed with AG McMaster; SCDP cannot now produce documentation they claim is the basis for Certifying the candidate is qualified for office in 2011; unless this documentation existed in 2007, when Kathy Hensley first swore BO was qualified to get on the SC Presidential preference primary ballot.)  See, for example, CAROL FOWLER is CRYING “FOWL” in SOUTH CAROLINA (and I can’t stop smiling!); IF IT LOOKS LIKE a DUCK…; and OPEN LETTER to THE HONORABLE HENRY McMASTER, ATTORNEY GENERAL of SOUTH CAROLINA.

No, instead of real news, we get this.

From the Sun News:

The Sun News reports, State Democratic leader to call it quits come spring

Party chairwoman Carol Fowler told The State she won’t seek a third term in the spring of 2011. Fowler said her decision not to seek re-election is not due to Greene, the party’s surprise U.S. Senate nominee, who is facing a federal obscenity charge.

From The State:

S.C. Democrats planning changes

Party’s leader won’t seek new term; rules might be amended in wake of U.S. Senate nomination

The S.C. Democratic Party will have a new leader next spring following the Alvin Greene political debacle.

Unlike some parties in other states, the S.C. Democratic Party does not endorse primary candidates, meaning the party could not go on the offensive against Greene nor could it aid Rawl.

“I am very squeamish about having the party take official acts to endorse or attack a candidate in a primary,” Fowler said. “We’ve always been more open than that, and I’ve been reluctant to start down the path where party insiders choose the nominee.”

Still, the state party is in talks to mend its rules because of Greene’s win.

“It has been suggested that we require candidates have a (criminal background check) done on themselves when they come to file,” Fowler said, “but no decision has been made.”

After Greene filed, Fowler and her staff researched Greene on the Internet because they had never heard of him . They did not turn up information about his obscenity charge, she said.

From the Post and Courier:

Fowler won’t seek 3rd term

Some Democrats, including state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, say the party has learned from the Greene nomination.(jbjd note:  Ms. Cobb-Hunter is black; according to her state government biography, she was a licensed social worker.

“This has been a teachable moment,” Cobb-Hunter said. “In hindsight, of course, some vetting should have been done. Is the Democratic Party responsible? Of course, we are. We fell down on the job.”

Cobb-Hunter said Greene’s opponent, Rawl, also shares in the blame for failing to run an aggressive enough campaign to raise his name identification with voters. And Democratic primary voters share some blame too, Cobb-Hunter said, for blindly choosing a candidate without knowing much about either Greene or Rawl.

“We have a lot of people who are not paying attention to politics, who are uninformed about candidates and who don’t do a lot of homework on their own to see what people are about,” she said. “People didn’t know either one of these guys. This was not just a case of black folks voting for Alvin Greene because his name sounds black. I’ve talked to white people who voted for him as well.”

(“jbjd” readers, what do you think this state representative means by pointing out, black folks who voted for Mr. Greene could not have done so just because they thought his name sounded black since white people voted for him, too?  Is she saying, since white folks voted for this candidate, this means, his name is not obviously black (because recognizing he is black, whites would not have voted for him)?  Or that the fact he is black could not have accounted for all of his black votes since whites also voted for him (and whites who vote for black candidates don’t do so just because they are black)?  Did it ever occur to her, both blacks and whites voted for Mr. Greene just because he is black?  Or worse,  that she is only validating the free choice of black voters, ill-conceived as she finds their choice to be, by pointing out, at least they are not the only dumb voters in her state?)

Interestingly, the coverage of the Greene affair I find most newsworthy – this preceded Ms. Fowler’s recently announced prospective resignation – was this piece published last month in the New York Times.

Back on June 17, the New York Times reported that the Executive Committee of the SCDP rejected the appeal filed by Mr. Greene’s opponent, Vic Rawl, who charged  voting irregularities had tainted the process and could only be cured by a new primary election.

State Party in S. Carolina Rejects Bid for New Vote

State Senator Robert Ford, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for governor, called Mr. Rawl’s protest “just pure nonsense.”

“People didn’t know Alvin Greene from Adam’s housecat, and they didn’t know Vic Rawl from Adam’s housecat,” Mr. Ford said in a telephone interview. “They are picking on an innocent veteran who doesn’t have any clout to look out for himself.”

Mr. Greene and Mr. Ford were the only black statewide candidates in the primary.

Since his victory, Mr. Greene has been reluctant to speak to reporters.

But Mr. Ford, who said he met Mr. Greene while filing to run, offered insight into the motivation behind his bid for the nomination. He said Mr. Greene told him he had looked to the office of Senator Jim DeMint, the Republican incumbent, for help in dealing with his disability, but had received no response.

Mr. Ford said Mr. Greene had told him: “Senator, I’m not interested in campaigning. I’m just trying to send a message to DeMint: I don’t like to be mistreated.”

Hmmph.  A citizen inspired to activism after being mistreated by a public official. Great concept.  I wish Mr. Greene’s idea would catch on, and that SC  voters, black and white, who have tolerated continued attempts by the SCDP to undermine their electoral franchise, and who have petitioned AG Henry McMaster for redress and been ignored; would finally arise as one fed up electorate on the steps of the state capital in Columbia and proclaim, “We don’t like to be mistreated,” too!

And bring the press.

CAROL FOWLER is CRYING “FOUL” in SOUTH CAROLINA (and I can’t stop smiling!)

June 11, 2010

UPDATED 06.12.10

Geesh, the Democrats can be such sore winners!

On Tuesday, Alvin Greene won the South Carolina Democratic primary contest for U.S. Senate fair and square, earning him the right to face Republican Senator Jim DeMint in the November 2010 election. Yet Carol Fowler, Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party (“SCDP”) immediately asked him to withdraw from the race, predicting that “new information about Mr. Greene has (sic) would certainly have affected the decisions of many of those voters.”

“New information” about Mr. Greene certain to have affected the choice of enough of those voters who voted for him, to change the outcome of the primary election? Whoa, this must be some “new information,” considering he bested his opponent, Vic Rawl, by more than 30,000 votes, 100,362 to 69,853, or 18 percentage points!

Ooh, I wonder whether it was something he blurted out to PubliuSC during their telephone interview while he was still basking in the afterglow of his triumphant win!

Asked about foreign policy, he said he wanted to see one Korea under a single democracy, “like there used to be an East and West Germany.” Could that be the “new information” which made Ms. Fowler want to overturn the results of the election? Nah.

Or his response to the complex question about free trade? (Ha, that was a trick question!. When asked his views on free trade, Mr. Green explained he “would have to “study that more” before he could give “a definite answer.” )

How about his views on labor, when he proclaimed SC should remain a right-to-work state* (“we don’t have unions here in SC and I want to keep it that way”)? Goodness knows, this could have been mind-altering information for some voters. Yyyye…but no.

*The denial of the right to work because of membership or nonmembership in a labor organization is against public policy.

(Here is the tape of that interview, in case those of you who are new here think I am making this up!)

Maybe some newly uncovered information about the candidate’s personal lifestyle put Ms. Fowler off.

Mr. Greene is 32, and still lives at home with his parents. He has no mobile phone or computer. (That could explain why the candidate had no campaign web site.)

But even Ms. Fowler would concede that in South Carolina, being a little eccentric is more likely to be seen as a virtue than a vice.

So, what was this earth shattering vote changing “new information”? Well, according to the statement posted on the SCDP web site, it’s this: Mr. Greene has pending felony obscenity charges.

June 9, 2010
Today, South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler asked Alvin Greene to withdraw from the race for US Senate. Greene, a resident of Manning S.C., was the apparent winner of the Democratic Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate in yesterday’s primary. Since the election, the Associated Press has revealed that Greene was recently charged with disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity after showing obscene photos to a University of South Carolina student. Fowler released the following statement after her conversation with Greene:

“Today I spoke with Alvin Greene, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the US Senate, and asked him to withdraw from the race. I did not do this lightly, as I believe strongly that the Democratic voters of this state have the right to select our nominee. But this new information about Mr. Greene has would certainly have affected the decisions of many of those voters,” said Fowler.

“We are proud to have nominated a Democratic ticket this year that, with the apparent exception of Mr. Greene, reflects South Carolina’s values. Our candidates want to give this state a new beginning without the drama and irresponsibility of the past 8 years, and the charges against Mr. Greene indicate that he cannot contribute to that new beginning. I hope he will see the wisdom of leaving the race.”

Yep. Last November, the winner of the 2010 SC Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate was arrested on criminal obscenity charges, accused of showing pornographic images to an 18-year-old female student on a computer at the University of South Carolina campus, before suggesting they go to her room. Greene has been charged with “disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity.” And if convicted, he could face a maximum 5-year prison sentence. Id.

Spending 5 (five) years in prison would certainly cut into his official Senatorial duties. But Mr. Greene will not go gentle into that good night.

“The people have spoken. We need to be pro-South Carolina, not anti-Greene. That percentage of the vote is not luck. Id.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) is furious that Greene refuses to step down. He has called for a probe to look at the possibility that an outside party might have funded his campaign beyond legally permissible limits, and without having disclosed the source of those payments. He also called on the U.S. attorney in the state to investigate Greene’s alleged felony.

I would hope the U.S. attorney down there would look at this,” Clyburn said about Greene’s qualifications for the ballot, also pointing to Greene’s having allegedly tried to pay the fee to run for Senate in cash, despite being unemployed.

I think there’s some federal laws being violated in this race, but I think some shenanigans are going on in South Carolina,” Clyburn explained. “Somebody gave him that $10,000 (sic) and he who took it should be investigated, and he who gave it should be investigated.

There were some real shenanigans going on in the South Carolina primary,” Clyburn said during an appearance on the liberal Bill Press radio show. “I don’t know if he was a Republican plant; he was someone’s plant. Id.

(Note to readers: Bill Press is the ‘reporter’ who asked WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: “Is there anything you can say that will make the Birthers go away?” Gibbs answered, “No; the God’s honest truth is, no.” Mr. Press followed up. “Are you gonna try?” Mr. Gibbs now referred the reporter to the President’s “birth certificate” posted on the internet. This time, Mr. Press did not follow up, evidently accepting Mr. Gibbs’ word that the birth certificate is posted on the internet; and that viewing this electronic image posted on the paid political on-line advertising campaign dubbed, “Fight the Smears,” an image visible only through a computer screen proves the President was born in HI. Even so, Mr. Press failed to detect that Mr. Gibbs only said this document proved Mr. Obama is a citizen, and not that he is a Natural Born Citizen. (Then again, in all fairness to Mr. Press, maybe he had no idea there is a Constitutional distinction between a citizen and a Natural Born Citizen, that unique status of citizenship required to be President, anyway.)

So far, this situation is a laugh riot, right? But wait…it’s even funner than you know.

Carol Fowler – she’s married to Don Fowler, former Chair of the DNC Services Corporation – and her dupe-in-crime, Senator Clyburn, seemed shocked that this candidate they find to be so inappropriate to the D brand could have won their spot for U.S. Senate on the November ballot, right? But that makes no sense. Know why? (You are going to love this next part.)

Because in SC, in order to vie for a position as the nominee for the party; the candidate must register for the primary directly through the party! Yep; Mr. Greene filed the required paperwork with the DPSC and handed over the $10,400 filing fee directly to them. The SCDP then forwarded his name, along with his filing fee, to election officials at the SC Election Commission (“SCEC”) to get them to print his name next to the D on the primary ballot. And, presumably, as required by state law, someone from the DPSC swore he was or at the time of the election would be eligible for the job!

HA HA HA HA HA! I’ll bet anything Carol Fowler wishes she’d done a better job of vetting this candidate!

You know what this reminds me of? Back in the fall of 2007, then DPSC Treasurer Kathy Hensley tried to deliver Carol Fowler’s list of candidates for the 2008 Presidential Preference primary to the SCEC but they wouldn’t take it. Because for some reason, Ms. Fowler had left out the eligibility Certification. Well, this was no problem for Ms. Hensley. She just whipped out her pen and scribbled out her own Certification, on the spot! (Who said Barack Obama isn’t a Natural Born Citizen!)

So far, Mr. Greene is holding his ground, and seems determined to face Mr. DeMint in the fall. But he knows he cannot be successful without Democratic support. With good reason. “I need my state and national party to help me. I don’t have any signs.” Id.

UPDATE 06.12.10

Here is how the candidate filing fee is determined.

Candidates who file with the Republican or Democratic parties must pay a filing fee. The filing fee is one percent of the annual salary of the office multiplied by the number of years in the term of office or $100, whichever is greater. This fee funds the party’s primary.

I mistakenly wrote the filing fee paid by Mr. Greene to the SCDP for that spot on the primary ballot for U.S. Senate was $10,400. This is incorrect; the actual fee was $10,440.

Also, I left out the filing deadline, which was March 30, 2010. This means, the SCDP submited Mr. Greene’s registration form and check to the SCEC by noon on that date. Note this was 4 (four) full months after Mr. Greene’s arrest on criminal obscenity charges, in November.

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