Alvin Greene is one of the biggest enigmas of this election year and to especially news media who are trying to understand how he won the right to run against South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint in the November general election. Media focus in South Carolina has been firmly planted on Nikki Haley, who is running for governor.
Well, not much is known about Greene who managed to win his party’s nomination without the party knowing much about him. He didn’t put out campaign signs, kiss babies, do the perfunctory statewide media tour or even launch a website. He just showed up and won.
The Associated Press reported what it did know about Greene,
An unemployed military veteran has stunned South Carolina Democratic Party leaders by winning the nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.
Thirty-two-year-old Alvin Greene of Manning defeated 64-year-old Vic Rawl of Charleston in Tuesday’s primary. Rawl is a former judge and legislator, who had about $186,000 cash available and had already scheduled a fundraising event for Thursday.
Greene raised no money in the contest, had no signs and no website.
According to the story, no one in the Democratic Party bothered to follow up with Greene after he filed to be included on the primary’s ballot. Carol Fowler, chairwoman doesn’t appear to have much faith in the party’s candidate.
She says Greene will be a much weaker candidate than Rawl going into November against tea party favorite DeMint.
She says people who didn’t know either candidate and voted alphabetically may help explain Greene’s win.
Maybe Fowler will rethink her position.
[UPDATE] Mother Jones has an interview with Greene and it is excerpted here:
Greene insists that he paid the $10,400 filing fee and all other campaign expenses from his own personal funds. “It was 100 percent out of my pocket. I’m self-managed. It’s hard work, and just getting my message to supporters. I funded my campaign 100 percent out of my pocket and self-managed,” said Greene, who sounded anxious and unprepared to speak to the public. But despite his lack of election funds, Greene claims to have criss-crossed the state during his campaign—though he declined to specify any of the towns or places he visited or say how much money he spent while on the road.
“It wasn’t much, I mean, just, it was—it wasn’t much. Not much, I mean, it wasn’t much,” he said, when asked how much of his own money he spent in the primary. Greene frequently spoke in rapid-fire, fragmentary sentences, repeating certain phrases or interrupting himself multiple times during the same sentence while he searched for the right words. But he was emphatic about certain aspects of his candidacy, insisting that details about his campaign organization, for instance, weren’t relevant. “I’m not concentrating on how I was elected—it’s history. I’m the Democratic nominee—we need to get talking about America back to work, what’s going on, in America.”
Greene doesn’t appeared to have given a victory speech,and it doesn’t look like Rawl gave a concession speech.
Mr. Greene’s new model of campaigning is definitely one for the text books.
[UPDATE #2] The Associated Press has just reported that our Mr. Greene has an obscenity charge pending against him.
Court records show 32-year-old Alvin Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.
Greene said he had no comment when asked about the charge Wednesday and hung up on a reporter.
That news stinks and ruins what could have been the Cinderella story of all political stories.