COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Two of the state's top Democrats met with the surprise candidate for the U.S. Senate seat Thursday at ETV to find out if he's a legitimate candidate.
Thirty-two-year-old Alvin Green, of Manning, is set to challenge U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint after a shocking win against former judge and legislator Vic Rawl in Tuesday's primary election.
Greene seemed to come out of nowhere, but the media soon learned of a pending felony charge against him.
Rep. Todd Rutherford of Richland County and Rep. Bakari Sellers of Orangeburg County met with Greene Thursday at ETV because they wanted to find out more about Greene's candidacy.
"I really just came to talk to him. I just wanted to meet him. I TMd never met him before, and I heard he was here and I wanted to meet him and talk to him and I did," Rutherford said. "I got the impression that maybe he doesn TMt know what he TMs dealing with."
"He is either very, very talented, or there was some divine intervention, or there was a combination of both, either of which we could utilize in the future, and I think he has some things he needs to get past first," Sellers said. "And once we get past those things, then maybe there's a time in the future, but just not right now."
But Rutherford also questions the opposition's involvement.
"I think that it's very possible, and in fact plausible. And I hope it didn TMt happen because we shouldn TMt be playing those games with someone TMs life. Not just electoral politics but truly someone TMs TM life."
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said Thursday that he thinks there's a coordinated effort behind the nomination and wants federal authorities to investigate.
WACH Fox News caught up with Greene as he was leaving the ETV studios as he walked briskly to his rented town car. When asked about the platform he's running on, Greene gave a brief reply saying, "To make a difference." Before closing the car door on reporters and driving away, he continued to say he wants to, "get South Carolina's priorities in order as well as the rest of the country's."
Wednesday, state Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler asked Greene to step down from the race after learning of the November charges for showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student.
Greene refuses to leave the race.
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RAW VIDEO - Interviews with Greene, Rutherford and Sellers - Thursday at 3:57 PMTwo of the state's top Democrats met with the surprise candidate for the U.S. Senate seat Thursday at ETV to find out if he's a legitimate candidate.
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