June 23rd, 2010
02:51 PM ET
8 years ago

SC Democratic candidate Alvin Greene vows to stay in the race

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."

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Big George in Big D

    A poster child for the democRAT party if I ever saw one! HAHAHAHA – I hope he wins!!

    June 23, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Practice What You Preach

    The goofy democrats are always hollering they are the party of the working people and the poor, BS. Now they are upset because an ordinary joe got nominated on their ticket. Just because he is not a rich aristocratic liberal, they are ashamed of him and do not want him running. Bunch of stupid, blathering hypocrites, who project false images of what they represent. Hope you win dude, just to spite these

    June 23, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. JasonK

    Yeah he is not a plant and I am Elvis Presley.

    June 23, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Kayla Birdsong

    Al Greene, there is a great job now open for you in the Pentagon. Obama now needs an experienced Army man to carry out his orders in the Mid-East. Can you handle?

    June 23, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. valwayne

    Mr. Greene is a veteran. If anyone had any concerns about his filing fee or his background didn't they have plenty of time to look into it before he won the primary in a landslide? This nonsense reminds me of the incompetence of the Obama administration. Is there anybody competent in the Democratic party these days?

    June 23, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Matt

    Democrats will probably try to change the rules like they do in MA and CA. Sorry, Greene won and deserves a shot at the Senate.

    "A GOP plant"? Democrats are now showing signs of paranoid craziness.

    June 23, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Jill, California

    The Dems can kiss getting this seat good-bye. I've seen this gentleman interviewed....God help the party....

    June 23, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |

    there's a little repetition in this article.

    i mean, there's a little repetition in this article.

    June 23, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. This Is Unbelievable

    It doesn't take a genius to figure out that there's something wrong with this situation. Here's a man who didn't campaign but somehow managed to win the democratic nomination for the South Carolina Senate. The public is also supposed to believe that Mr. Greene had the $10,000 filing fee to enter the primary race but didn't have the money to hire a lawyer to defend himself against a very serious charge. Based on the interviews of his I've seen, I really hope that there will be debate so that South Carolina and the rest of the nation can find out his position on any issue. So far all he has done is repeat the same statements over and over again in each interview. Every response he's given to any question seems rehearsed. This whole situation would almost be funny if weren't so sad.

    June 23, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Brett

    I hope he wins the general election. I do not care how ignorant (I am by no means calling him stupid) he may be towards the issues. I would rather have someone in office that relates to the average citizen of the USA. I am tired of having politicians that lie, cheat, and steal just so they can hear their name called. The government has become a popularity contest and does not give a sh!t about anyone unless your making their overstuffed pockets bulge more . WE need a change, and b-rock was not the answer.

    June 23, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. VJC

    This whole series of events is comedic GOLD!

    June 23, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Shawn

    I hope Linda Ketner gets on the ballot as an independent for SC senate. Would like to have someone decent to vote for in November.

    June 23, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. XWngLady

    You've got to be kidding me??!!....Republicans, I've gotta hand it to you. I don't know how you pulled this one off, but you did. Democrat turnout will be near 0 and Republican turnout will be off the charts. This will no doubt help Republicans down ballot.....just remember though that you reap what you sow.

    June 23, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Something's fishy here. Is anyone investigating?

    June 23, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |

    Greene was ready to get out, but Al Franken already had the job.

    June 23, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Tom in Delaware

    Hey Alvin....Obama is looking for a replacement general in Afghanistan, maybe your Army experience could come in handy now.

    June 23, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Larry L

    I've never been to South Carolina but lately my curiosity has been aroused by the constant stream of lunacy. Is everybody in South Carolina a moron?

    June 23, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Shirley in California

    Please Mr. Greene – go away. I say this not to be mean but you are far too ignorant to hold any position. Your interview with K. Olbermann was the most unintelligent dialogue I have ever seen. Please take your unemployment check and go to school.

    I wish you much success in education.

    Thank you.

    June 23, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. barbara

    I asked, who are these stupid people in SC that would vote for this man having known barely anything about him or his platform? Then it occured to me that now that we are all informed, who will be so stupid to vote for him again? here are a few reasons why anyone would vote for Al over Jim:
    Al is black and Jim is not
    Al has a felony hanging over him and some black south carolinians can relate and so its not a big deal
    Al is not successful in life and most south carolinians can relate
    Al isnt married but does have kids all over the place and alot of male south carolinians can relate.

    June 23, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Rickster

    Knowing today's media and today's democrat party, Alvine Greene will shortly be on the fast track to the top of the democrat party. And, hey, he can't possibly be any worse than the Doofus-In-Chief that we are currently saddled with.

    June 23, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. SH

    You cannont make this stuff up, SC is freakin hilarious!!!

    June 23, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Joan

    Something smells really, really fishy about this whole race. Obviously the truth will come out before the actual election this fall. The circumstances around his financing, criminal charges, voting machine irregularities and everything else should be examined and investigated very carefully to make sure that there were not outside influences causing this rather bizarre situation.

    June 23, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. William Hamilton

    Next time, perhaps, the media could pay attention to the primary when it matters. More attention has been lavished on this freak show in a day than the entire legitimate campaign of Vic Rawl received in 3 months of hard work, websites, press releases and events. A responsible, progressive and competent Democrat couldn't get any press attention.

    Someone is using Alvin Greene and he 's making a very effective tool for the Republicans.

    Has he filed his Federal Election Commission disclosures yet? He wasn't at the DFA campaign training in Charleston held by the Democrats a few weeks ago.

    June 23, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. John in Dallas

    If I were him, I would publicaly ask Obama to campaign for me.

    June 23, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Benevolent-DICTATOR

    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.

    Oh come on! He's no worse than the rest of the left wing DemocRAT loons in Congress... Barney Frank!, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid!

    But the DemocRATS are probably trying to get rid of him because he's black. We all know how racist the DemocRATS really are.

    June 23, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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