Manning, South Carolina (CNN) - Seated in the living room of the modest home Alvin Greene shares with his father, the surprise winner of this month's Democratic Senatorial nomination is still trying to deal with the notoreity and series of questions that victory has brought.
"I am the best candidate in this United States Senate race in South Carolina," Greene emphasized during a lengthy interview with CNN Wednesday.
On questions of how he could afford the $10,000 filing fee necessary to enter the primary race, he again insisted it was his own personal money savings he had accumulated during his time in the military.
It is "money I saved in the Army," Greene told CNN.
Greene, who was discharged last August, is not currently working and is drawing a monthly unemployment check.
Some state Democrats have speculated he was a plant by someone hoping to disrupt the race and want the origins of the filing fee funds to be investigated.
He emphatically denied that. "I have always been a Democrat."
Raising more questions are the circumstances concerning his arrest last November for allegedly showing pornographic images on a computer at the University of South Carolina. He filed for a public defender saying he could not afford a lawyer.
To those charges and the circumstances he would not directly answer the allegations. Saying he is "innocent until proven guilty" he said: "My lawyer is dealing with that" and "I am concentrating on my campaign issues...and not negative distractions."
A hearing on those charges is set for next month.
While many Democrats in the state saw no signs of any campaigning by Greene during the primary race, he said, "I campaigned some. I did campaign. But that is behind us. The primary is behind us. I am looking forward to the general election."
He would not provide any details of those activities. He did vow to be more active now that he is the nominee.
"I plan to do more, a lot more in the coming weeks." But when pressed for details, he did not provide them. He did say a website is up and running for his campaign.
As to the reason he won the June 8th primary against a seasoned state Democrat, Vic Rawl, explanations have varied from his being the first name on the ballot to accusations of ballot machine irregularities to people voting for him since he was African-American. This is Greene's explanation: "I won because I worked hard. I got 60% of the vote and the constiuents of South Carolina identified with me. I better relate to the constituents of South Carolina better than any of my opponents...I understand their day to day struggles."
While he said some leading Democrats earlier had pressured him to step aside, there have not been any recent efforts and if there were he said he would not yield to the pressure.
"I am in it all the way. I'm in it, and I'm in it to win it, and that is what we are going to do."