The first popularly elected African American senator was Edward Brooke, elected from Massachusetts in 1966. African Americans Kendrick Meek and Mike Thurmond are also running for Senate seats, in Florida and Georgia respectively.
South Carolina Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler said she had not seen Greene since he filed to run.
He did not attend the state Democratic party convention, did not file the form with the Secretary of the Senate and the legally required form for the Federal Election Commission, and attempted to pay his $10,400 filing fee with a personal check, rather than a check from a campaign account.
The day after the primary election, the media reported that Greene was facing felony obscenity charges stemming from a November 2009 arrest for allegedly showing a pornographic Internet site to an 18-year-old female University of South Carolina student and then propositioning her in a computer lab.
We are proud to have nominated a Democratic ticket this year that, with the apparent exception of Mr. 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.
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Greene describes himself as a “moderate Democrat.” His campaign slogan is “Let’s get South Carolina back to work.” He would let the Bush tax cuts expire and supports reform of the financial industry.
Greene supports job creation and would increase highway construction projects and pursue alternative energy sources.
South Carolina Republicans have been known to recruit African-American challengers to run against white frontrunners in Democratic primaries, with a view toward damaging the frontrunner’s general election prospects.