Alvin Greene on the ballot again
February 15th, 2011
11:31 AM ET
3 years ago

Alvin Greene on the ballot again

Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Democrat Alvin Greene, who was soundly defeated in his attempt to unseat Sen. Jim DeMint last November, is giving electoral politics another try. He is one of four candidates on the ballot Tuesday trying to win the Democratic nomination for a state legislature seat so he can represent the area surrounding his hometown of Manning.

When reached at his home Tuesday morning Greene repeatedly said "I have no comment" on his race.

"So far so good. I feel okay," he added.

When asked about comments from some of the three other candidates in the election that Greene had not been seen campaigning very much, he said, "I have no comment about that."

Greene did not participate in an earlier debate with the other candidates vying for the nomination.

The primary winner will run in a special election set for April and will fill the seat formerly held by state Rep. Cathy Harvin, who died last year.

He filed the necessary paperwork and the $165 filing fee with the Clarendon County Democratic Party on December 24, according to its chairman.

At that time, Greene said said he would run on the issues similiar to those he ran on last year.

"It is the same situation," he said. "We have to end the recession. That is the bottom line."

Greene shocked the South Carolina political world last year when he captured the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, but faced a number of questions after he barely mounted a general election campaign and gave a series of bizarre interviews in which he failed to answer questions or gave halting responses.

Soon after capturing the nomination he faced calls by Democrats in the state to pull out after it became known he had been charged with distributing pornography to a college student. He has pleaded not guilty and is expected to go on trial soon to face those charges.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. XWngLady

    For real? I mean, really? Spare us Mr. Greene, please.

    February 15, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Man, I'm glad this dude is a democrat.

    February 15, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Is Greene a stealth candidate backed and funded by the GOP/Tea Party? Another one of GOP dirty tricks?

    February 15, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Oh NO, not again ya’ll
    If this man runs – I have seen it all
    He doesn't know the issues – either the facts
    And if he does know – "I have no comment about that."

    Jeez – maybe, just maybe, if his community only has 20 people in it – he will win!! Anything over that, come on now!!!

    February 15, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Eric

    Maybe this time DeMint (or his cabal) didn't pay for his fee to get on the ballot. Chicago has had a history with voter fraud, but so does the South; this guy's senate race is proof that in SC dirty trick campaigns are still practiced with vigor.

    February 15, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. NC

    Why not, he is just as good or better than what the tea party backs.

    February 15, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Mikey

    @ Fair – and I am sorry he is. Someone still needs to provide a reasonable explanation as to how the heck he won a statewide primary. Unbelievable!

    February 15, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. gt

    watch out rep. clayborn he will be after your job next...

    February 15, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Voice of Reason

    Oh c'mon. Everybody knows this guy isnt for real. The last nomination was a smoke-and-mirrors dirty trick by the local Good-Old-boys GOP, and at this point he is a no-name fringe candidate.

    He doesnt have the slightest clue about a platform, about the issues, or anything else of substance. Have you heard him talk? The guy is barely lucid, let alone capable of running a campaign.

    February 15, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Socialist idiot

    ALVIN GREENE Poster boy for the democrats

    February 15, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    He's a GOP plant. DUH.

    February 15, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    He is a lot smarter than DeMint, Joe 'You Lie' Wilson and the little republican twit that wants South Carolina to start minting their own money.

    February 15, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Socialist idiot

    Greene last election garnered 28% of the vote STATEWIDE. Significantly more than just 20 votes. This shows the country how stupid democrats really are.

    February 15, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    @ Mikey – sad commentary on the electorate, huh?

    February 15, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Margie

    I'm moving to SC and grooming my cat. He would be a better candidate than this nut. I thought the republicans had the run on egos but this guy because, we all know the electiton boxes were programmed in his favor, thinks he can win an election legally.

    Shows that Demented and the republicans were afraid of Rawls, else why would they have "fixed" Greene to win.

    February 15, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Me

    This is beyond absurd

    February 15, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Jim

    Alvin Greene, is the Man!

    February 15, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. AlGreenfor Prez

    Hopefully we'll get to see the Alvin Greene action figures he wants to sell if he gets elected. Sady he has just about as much experience as the person who got elected president last time so there's hope for Al. Hope that indescent exposure charge doesn't hinder his campaigning.

    February 15, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. AlvinGreene4Prez

    Action figures. No experience. Hope and change. Promises unkept due to ignorance. May as well elect this guy too. I'm pretty sure he can produce a valid birth certificate. There is a small issue with the p0rn chanrges at USC that may keep him busy.

    February 15, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. AlvinGreene4Prez

    Alvin Greene one senatorial term short of the experience that elected a president. Give the man a chance.

    February 15, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Peace

    Can this guy spell his name??? And why is he making fool of himself!!!!!

    February 15, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Ty

    This is a smoke screen.....one of DeMint seeds........will its not going to work this time......

    February 15, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |