July 22nd, 2010
03:58 PM ET
10 years ago

Greene's military record reveals blemishes

Documents obtained by the Associated Press reveal that Senate hopeful Alvin Greene has a less than stellar military record.

Documents obtained by the Associated Press reveal that Senate hopeful Alvin Greene has a less than stellar military record.

(CNN) – New documents indicate that Senate candidate Alvin Greene, a political novice who shocked observers by winning the South Carolina Democratic primary, has a less than stellar military record.

According to records obtained by the Associated Press, Greene was denied two promotions and made "mistakes as severe as uploading sensitive information improperly, and as basic as an overall inability to clearly express his thoughts and perform basic tasks."

The records cover a short, three year period of Greene's service in the Air Force.

Greene was discharged from the military last August.

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

Since then, Greene has proposed that that one way to help create jobs in his state is to "make toys of me, especially for the holidays. Little dolls. Like maybe action dolls. Me in an army uniform, air force uniform, and me in my suit."

Last week, Greene urged voters to "get South Carolina and America back to work" in his first major public speech since his primary victory.

"My campaign is about ... moving South Carolina and America forward," the 32-year-old Greene told a friendly audience in his hometown of Manning during a brief, halting speech that at times jumped from one topic to the next.

Earlier this month, Greene retained a private criminal defense attorney against charges he showed pornographic images to a college student last November.

The existence of the criminal charges came to light after the primary win. State Democratic leaders called for him to step aside, at the time afraid he would not mount a serious campaign against incumbent Republican Senator Jim DeMint.

Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Inbelievable!

    This dullard is apparently the Democrats Sarah Palin!

    July 22, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. A strong candidate

    He sounds like a strong candidate. If he has any community organizing experience he'd have a good shot at being President

    July 22, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Tristan

    Sounds like he's over qualified to be a politician from South Carolina.

    July 22, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Discernment


    Whether it is Republican Governor Mark "The Adulterous" Sanford, or;

    Republican Congressman Joe "Without Honor" Wilson, or;

    Republican Senator Jim "The Waterloo Dimwit" DeMint, or;

    Democratic Senate Candidate Alvin "The Dunce" Greene,

    South Carolina rarely produces good, honorable, and most importantly quality politicians.

    July 22, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    I don't know, but from what we see in congress right now I think Greene is smarter and has less baggage than most of them.
    He doesn't wear diapers; he doesn't look for men in bathroom airports; he doesn't cheat on his wife and travels to Argentina; he doesn't belong to the C street gang and their hateful pastor; he doesn't pay off his mistressess husband with a job and money to keep quiet; he doesn't quit in the middle of an elected job. I could go and on, but you get the drift.
    He IS more qualified than any of the above individuals.
    Oh yes, and he sounds more coherent than the bimbo from AK. At least he thinks before he speaks and doesn't have to write his answers on the palm of his hand.

    July 22, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. ysidero

    Greene's candidacy is either a Republican dirty-trick masterstroke, or evidence that South Carolina Democrats (both the party and the voters) are utterly incompetent. I think DeMint is mean-spirited and unworthy to be a Senator, but Greene can't express his ideas and would be nothing more than a seat-warmer for 6 years. As much as I would love to see a Democratic Senator from SC, I can't support Alvin Greene.

    July 22, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. XWngLady

    Why are we still discussing this man?...Clearly his candidacy is sick and twisted joke....CNN, please stop reporting on him... this is a waste of precious megabites!

    July 22, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Naqib

    Fine Democrat candidate... if he had some community organization skills... I'd say sky's the limit

    July 22, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Djinn

    He was probably trying to run as a Republican and just messed up.

    July 22, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Louisiana Man

    When going toe to toe with Sanford, Demint or Wilson-

    He's stellar!!!

    July 22, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Jay B.

    He should be in good company in the Senate then. John McCain crashed 2 airplanes, had a poor disciplinary record, and graduated bottom of his class from the Naval Academy.

    July 22, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. CatDaddyKSC

    Voice of Reason – Your comment about Republicans voting in mass for Greene is not valid. This must be about the 20th time i've explained how the system works here in SC. Before you walk into the voting area, you have to declare which party and you can only vote on the one party's ballot. There is no crossing over for individual races. The governor's race (remember Nikki Haley) was highly contested , as were most of the congressional primaries. Republicans would be giving up the chance to vote in those races if they crossed over. The theory that republicans crossed over for Greene just doesnt hold water. As for you folks calling Jim Demint racist... get some new material... this is getting really boring. The overuse of the claim has rendered it meaningless.

    July 22, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. XWngLady

    BTW. This isn't the first time! Republicans were prosecuted IN SOUTH CAROLINA for setting up a dummy candidate. They did it in 1992. They guy was black and had a criminal record. They did it to stir up the white Republican turnout in order to help a down ticket Republican candidate get more votes. Look it up on a June 12, 2010 Washington Post article "S.C. Democrats ask: Where did Alvin Greene get money to file for Senate primary?"....I think their motive is the same as it has been since the day after election day...to do everything they can to make the President and the Democratic party look bad and ultimately fail.

    July 22, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. CatDaddyKSC

    Jackie Rawlings – your comments are not based in reality. For one..greene was not elected..he was chosen to be the candidate for the democrats. No evidence has been found of the election being tampered with. As for him being a plant by Demint, please provide evidence. DDetails please on just how this was done. I laugh at the delusional nature of the left these days....

    July 22, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Jack in Des Moines, IA

    I don't understand why showing pornographic images to a college student ( an adult ) would be illegal. Unless of course he was sending nudie pictures of himself to someone he was pursuing who did not want his attention.

    July 22, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. CatDaddyKSC

    The issue has been investigated and no evidence of these allegations of a republican plant has been found. It's the delusional rantings of Jim Clyborne that were repeated in the Washington Post story, and many here have decide to accept this lie as truth. But the story about the investigation being complete didnt make the Post..or most "news" media because it doesnt fit the template.

    July 22, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Naqib


    My Bad...

    John Edwards was the other Carolina...

    July 22, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. sonnyday

    I don't understand how he was able to pay the $10,000 filing fee, when he qualified for a public defender as his attorney. Certainly, he didn't have the money just sitting in a checking account. Who is behind this? It's like My Fair Lady...are they going to groom him for the election, too?

    July 22, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Dennis1020

    Is there something toxic in the South Carolina political drinking water? Maybe next time they want to secede from the Union we should all just stand at the dock and wave goodbye.

    July 22, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. CatDaddyKSC

    Oh yeah...JAckie...it was a state wide race...you mentioned " The district must have a better candidate to represent them"... you cant even get the facts of the story right. Senators dont come from "districts". Civics 101.

    July 22, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Troy

    Sounds like he is competent enough to be a politician.

    July 22, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. Gary

    Please give him a break....he may not be the best candidate for office but at least he served his country. Thanks Alvin for your service.

    July 22, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. CatDaddyKSC

    Ted – no one in the democratic party vetted him, and no media outlets bothered to even talk to him before the primary. Mrs Fowler (the democratic chair) was more than happy to take this man's money. The real story here is that polls taken before the primary showed his opponent had 4% name recognition... and people just picked the first guy on the ballot. I suspect if the democrats had bothered to do their job, the opponent had bothered to campaign more, and the press had bothered to do their job, this would not have happened.

    July 22, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. CatDaddyKSC

    I'm still waiting for an explanation from the press about what Greene meant in his speech when he said "we need to take the country back from the terrorists and the communists". If a tea party candidate made that statement, they would have called them a raving lunatic. IN this case, its just let by.

    July 22, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. KImberly

    AH yes! He CLEARLY was not a plant from the right, he CLEARLY had the CLARITY OF MIND TO DO THIS! PLEASE! I know that hes a plant, but dang i hope he wins that would be the ULTIMATE revenge on the dirty right! Forget DIRTY SOUTH, this is straight dirty right!

    July 22, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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