Alvin Green gets indicted: While some may say Greene didn't offer to do anything other elected Senators don't offer their interns, he should have waited until getting elected. Nobody was really surprised by this news, but being under indictment is not grounds for him to be removed from the ballot, so the Democrats remain stuck with this albatross around their neck, probably until he loses in November.
Double Trouble in House Races ... news in two Democratic-held GOP-leaning districts broke Friday as well:
Anton Gunn hands House 79 back to GOP: Gunn's sudden announcement that he was leaving this Midlands House seat to accept a federal job offer caught everyone by surprise. While GOP nominee Sheri Few, who lost two successive primary bids for this seat in 2006 and 2008, wasn't given good odds by many to win against Gunn, she now becomes the prohibitive favorite as the Democrats scramble to replace Gunn. Unless the Dems find a stellar candidate and get that candidate up to speed quickly, a seat many Dems took for granted may well end up back in GOP hands.
Platt enters House 115 race as petition candidate: Two years ago, Anne Peterson Hutto won this Charleston County House seat by about 200 votes (about 1 percentage point) thanks in part to a strong surge in Democratic turnout and an incumbent worn down by two years of bad press. Long-time James Island politico Eugene Platt was confirmed a slot as a petition candidate for the seat in November, running alongside Hutto and GOP nominee Peter McCoy.
While Hutto supporters like to dismiss Platt as a perennial canidate, he's a strong contender in James Island politics. In 2006, he almost took the House 115 seat for the Democrats and two years later won a fifth consecutive four-year term on local Public Service District board, finishing first place in a field of eight candidates with nearly 3,000 votes. That's ten times the margin of victory in the last two races for this seat. Based on his long-time involvement in local Democratic and Green Party circles, we tend to think he'll draw far more votes from Hutto than McCoy - perhaps enough to assure McCoy wins in November.