He grabbed well over 50 percent of the democratic votes statewide in his run for US Senate, but now—many who voted for Alvin Greene either won’t admit it or now say they’re ashamed.
“I voted for him because his name sounded like the singer and I’d never heard of Vic Rawl,” Gail Westerfield said.
It’s another twist to the blame game of how this whole thing happened.
“I didn’t have name recognition—so I went with the person who had the most…famous name. It’s so bad,” Westerfield said.
Could it be that a man behind gospel and soul helped Alvin Greene—a man with little to no campaign—become South Carolina’s democratic candidate for US Senate?
An ashamed Westerfield says that’s what it boiled down to when before her were two names she’d never seen before.
“I had just never heard of either of these guys and it never occurred to me that anything like this could happen or my vote and that this other person I was with who shall go nameless that our votes would contribute to South Carolina being the butt of a joke again. I mean, I feel terrible about it.”
Since Greene’s victory—we’ve learned much, much more—that many wish they’d known before.
The unemployed veteran is facing a felony obscenity charge. Political leaders have questioned his mental stability and the Democratic Party is asking that he withdraw.
But Greene says he’s not going anywhere—leaving Westerfield humiliated she had something to do with it all.
“I mean, we’re rivaling Florida now for the ridiculousness. I don’t feel good about being a part of that.”
Westerfield says she’s not trying to justify her bad decision, but she does wish that the Democratic Party had put as much vigor in informing voters about the candidates as they have in the post-game of the primary.