Friday, June 18, 2010

And when do they apologize?

There were charges of electoral fraud and vote rigging in the South Carolina Democratic U.S. senate primary.

South Carolina's Democrats upheld on Thursday that Alvin Greene can run as the Democratic nominee against Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint . . .

After more than three hours of discussion, the 92-member state Democratic Executive Committee rejected a protest by former judge and state lawmaker Vic Rawl of Charleston, who lost the June 8 primary to Greene, a political novice who did little campaigning or fundraising but won 59% of the vote.

Rawl had asked the state Democratic Party for a new primary election based on flaws with the voting machines or software.

In his protest, Rawl cited voting irregularities, including people who tried to vote for him but whose ballots showed Greene's name checked instead.

Greene's election may still face an investigation by the Federal Election Commission, called for by U.S. House Majority Whip, Democrat James Clyburn of South Carolina. Others have asked state Attorney General Henry McMaster and the State Law Enforcement Division to examine Greene's candidacy.

The U.S. House Majority Whip accused people of criminal electoral fraud.

A partisan state Democratic Executive Committee rejected the charges as unfounded.

The fact is that neither candidate was known, so most votes were cast for the nicer sounding name listed first in alphabetical order.

If anyone did anything wrong, it was the "serious" candidate who couldn't overcome a blank slate.

When does anyone apologize for making false charges?

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