South Carolina Democrats are quietly debating if future candidates should have to pledge that they will abide by election and ethics laws -- or risk being taken off the ballot.

Such a pledge could have helped the party avoid its black eye over Alvin Greene, the surprise victor of its June 8 U.S. Senate primary. The party later tried to get Greene to abandon his candidacy after news broke that he faces a felony pornography charge.

The pledge idea is being pushed in part by former state lawmaker and Charleston County Councilman Vic Rawl, who lost to Greene even though Greene had raised no money, did not campaign and had not filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. He later filed with the FEC.

"An expanded or additional pledge would enhance the ability of the party to assure the citizens of the state candidates that comply with the law," Rawl said. "I think that is a duty of a political party."

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