Menendez: Replace Alvin Greene ‘If Allegations Are True,’ but ‘Other Great Races to Pursue’

By Alex Pepper

Jun 17, 2010 4:28pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: As South Carolina Democrats today debate whether they’ll try to replace their troubled Senate nominee, the head of Democratic Senate campaign efforts had a blunt assessment of Democrats’ chances in the state. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Menendez said he’s deferring to Democrats in South Carolina, including Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., as to whether another vote should be held to replace Alvin Greene, an unemployed veteran who shocked the political establishment by winning the primary after barely campaigning. But Menendez, D-N.J., indicated that it won’t matter much who Democrats choose to run against Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. “This is clearly not in our whole universe of the electoral map, where we have focused our attention before Alvin Greene,” he said. “We have other great races to pursue, and you know, obviously we attribute our resources, and our time and attention, to where we best think we can achieve both pickups, and of course, re-elect our incumbents.” “Based upon all of the allegations — if the allegations are true, I’d like to see another Democrat replace him unquestionably,” he added. “But if you ask me, ‘Is it where we are going to spend a lot of time and attention of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee?’ — you know, I don’t have unlimited resources.” Menendez also expressed optimism about Democratic prospects in Nevada, where tea party favorite Sharron Angle is the Republican nominee to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “There’s no question that Sharron Angle is an example of — that’s happening to Republicans throughout their primaries, where the mainstream candidate they want, which is the most attractive in the general election, is being ultimately thrown out by the extreme,” he said. “And Sharron Angle, who wants to put radioactive waste in Yucca Mountain, Sharron Angle, who wants to end Social Security and Medicare — at the end of the day, I think she’s totally out of the mainstream of Nevadan voters. And I think that’s why Harry Reid will do so well — because of his own record opposing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, creating jobs in Center City, and fighting for Nevadans.” Watch the full interview with Sen. Menendez HERE.

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