July 12th, 2010
03:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Alvin Greene to make first speech since upset win

South Carolina Democratic Senatorial candidate Alvin Greene on Sunday will make his first public speech since winning his party’s nomination.
South Carolina Democratic Senatorial candidate Alvin Greene on Sunday will make his first public speech since winning his party’s nomination.

Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Democratic Senatorial candidate Alvin Greene will make his first public speech since surprising the political world by capturing his party's nomination last month. On Sunday, he will speak at a meeting of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in his hometown of Manning.

"I told them I would talk about jobs, education and justice," which he says are the core issues of his campaign, Greene told CNN Monday.

Greene's victory in the June 8 primary shocked many political observers since Greene had not actively campaigned for the nomination and he had no political experience.

His financial situation also caused him to come under scrutiny when he was faced with questions about how as an unemployed veteran he could afford the $10,440 filing fee required to enter the campaign. He has said it came from savings he accumulated while serving in the military.

Last year, he also said he could not afford a lawyer to defend himself on charges of showing pornographic messages to a college student. He has not entered a plea in that case and has previously told CNN he is innocent until proven guilty.

After an investigation, the South Carolina South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on Friday cleared Greene of any wrongdoing concerning that issue.

"SLED has concluded that there is no evidence of wrongdoing, criminal intent or deception to the court when Greene applied for a public defender last year," the agency said in a statement Friday.

"During the course of the investigation, SLED determined that monies spent for Greene's filing fee were the candidate's personal funds and therefore, no laws were violated in association with Greene's payment to the South Carolina Democratic Party," SLED said.

Greene is thought to stand little chance in November against Sen. Jim DeMint, the incumbent Republican who has $3.5 million in his campaign account.

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this story


Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    OMG. Not this character again. Is he going to explain who and where the heck he came from? This fool actually wants to have figurines of him made to put people back to work. Anyhow, I'll choose this dummy over Sen. Demented anyday.

    July 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Peace

    Is Greene still making fool of himself? And who is behind all these or who is advising him? I get difficulties to understand what is going on in South Carolina!

    July 12, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. obama victim

    well, it should be short..

    "Yes, I am a Democrat Yes, I am a moron. Thank you and goodnight."

    July 12, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Linda

    He could not come up with money to defend himself, but found
    ten grand for his filing fee?

    There is still something very wrong with this picture!

    July 12, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. gary

    Go Green Go Green Go Green.....then lose to the republican.....lol

    July 12, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. AndyBlue

    I cant wait to hear what this gfuy has to say and how he says it.

    I have no doubt that some republican put up the funds for this guy.

    We are seeing just how low republicans stoop. As if the Bush years werent enough to convince anyone.

    July 12, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. DrX

    Honestly, could he do any worse than our current crop of politicians?

    July 12, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. carlos

    I hope he beats the living crap of the demented senator.....those retards in the gobp will get their walking papers very soon....hehehehe

    July 12, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. jeff, alabama

    Man, the democrats of "The common man's party"
    sure don't want a common man rubbing elbows
    with them, do they libs ???
    When will you wake up and realize the Republicans
    have opened more doors for more people than any
    democrat ever....has !!!

    July 12, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Go Alvin go ! Kick some elitist butt....

    July 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. David in Houston

    This should be a hoot!

    July 12, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Elliot

    Why are these people not asking why $10,440 is required to run for office?

    July 12, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    There's still issues with this candidate, from all I have seen. The voters in SC, will have to decide for themselves, but there are too many questions for me, if he was running in my state.

    July 12, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Bill in CA

    This man is no less qualified than Jim "Waterloo" DeMint is to be senator. Sorth Carolinians hopefully are drafting a third candidate to actually take on Mr. "Waterloo Moment". But I'll say this, there is no difference between Alvin Greene and Nutmeg Whitless,

    July 12, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. honest abe

    The democrats should be ashamed of the way they
    have shunned this man. Where is Al and Jessie when
    someone really needs them ?

    July 12, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. G.I. jane

    It is appalling how bigotted the democratic leaders have acted
    in this situation. The hypocricy of their idealogies boggles the
    minds of the well informed. The not so well informed may feel
    perfectly comfortable with them.

    July 12, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This dude is tootie fruity nuts zoid just like the rest of the democrats .

    July 12, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Bob of Lompoc

    Too painful. Sorry, I cannot watch. This poor man is being made a fool of by someone.

    July 12, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Chicago Joe

    What is more embarassing...Greene or the Dems that voted for him?

    Its time to sit back and watch the Dems eat their own. It will also be funny how every crooked vote should be counted in MN while they make the case that SC votes should be overturned.

    July 12, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Chicago Joe

    I hope that he is high when he gets on TV.

    July 12, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. beevee

    Who is this clown Greene? He is bad luck for the democrats. The best thing to do is kick this clown out of the party. Dems are not going to win there anyway.

    July 12, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Bob, Virginia

    He's certainly no dumber than Sarah Palin - probably in the top 10 percent for South Carolina. He is a proud graduate of your state university, after all.

    July 12, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Green and Palin should run together as partners .

    July 12, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Brad

    Good for this guy. I hope he does awsome, and shows the public why need to get real people into office.

    July 12, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. malabar

    This guy was voted in by a bunch of racist black people, pure and simple. and instead of being honest about it, their mega racist leaders (clyburn n company) blame republicans. it must b hell 4 dems who all lack integrity and brains to wonder wether to call this guy a retard or send him money when its not completely clear what their masters in washngtn want them to do.

    July 12, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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