Washington (CNN) - Alvin Greene, the surprise Democratic nominee in the South Carolina Senate race against incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, is trying it again.
This time he is running for a State House seat vacated when Democratic Rep. Cathy Harvin died. Greene filed the necessary paperwork and the $165 fee with the Clarendon County Democratic Party on December 24, according to county chairman Cal Land. Greene is expected to be one of at least three candidates running in the February 15 primary. The general election is April 5.
Greene, a political novice, shocked the political world in South Carolina when he emerged as the winner in the Democratic primary for Senate last summer. Party officials urged him to withdraw from the contest when news emerged that he had previously been charged with showing pornographic images to a college student, but he refused to bow out. He did not mount much of a campaign for the Senate seat.
DeMint soundly defeated him.
He said he would run on the same issues as he did in his Senate contest.
“It is the same situation. We have to end the recession. That is the bottom line,” he said in a telephone interview.
“The goal in the Senate race is the goal in any other race.”
When asked more about his goals for the campaign, he said, “That is it,” and hung up.
Greene is facing misdemeanor and felony charges and is expected to go on trial soon.