Failed South Carolina candidate Greene to try again
December 27th, 2010
07:32 PM ET
12 years ago

Failed South Carolina candidate Greene to try again

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.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Gil

    The repulsive republicans had their Angel, McDonnell and Miller so the democrats are allowed their Greene. 3-1 please not for the fruit cakes! If you throw in some that got elected it is 7-1. Of course, if you throw in Palin it is 100-1

    December 27, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. Peter s

    I love you brother as a person but please don`t try again

    December 27, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    If Mr. Greene has firm plans that would end the recession, does he have time to put his economic program into writing, while still managing to make campaign appearances?
    A book containing his recession-ending plan would not only enhance his campaign efforts, it would also be of great benefit to Mr. Greene's entire nation, be his fellow citizens Democrats, Republicans, or Independents.
    I hope that Mr. Greene will consider this project.

    December 27, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Doesn't Greene have family and/or friends that can tell him NOT to do what he is doing??? You know what? It does not matter because he can do whatever he wants and someday, he will get there. I was surprised that he got as many votes as he did in the senate race.

    December 28, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  5. Anonymous

    I will be intereste dto see what kind of support he gets. More than his family's vote will show how stupid our electorate is.

    December 28, 2010 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    Mr. Greene has determination, which is needed for success in any venture.
    I have met some citizens from Mr. Greene's area. Knowing their thinking, I believe that his chances are good. His supporters should donate as much of their money as possible to his campaign: ending the recession is important.
    I hope that Mr. Greene is keeping an open mind about a possible presidential campaign in the future.

    December 28, 2010 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  7. GonzoinHouston

    What is going on with this guy? Where did he get his money? Was he a GOP plant or just one of those strange political things that happen in America? There's a legitimate story mixed up in here somewhere and I don't see anyone trying to find it.

    December 28, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |