South Carolina Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alvin M Greene, poses for a photo in Manning, S.C. Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Greene won his party’s nomination in yesterday’s South Carolina primary elections, but has been asked by state Democratic party chairwoman, Carol Fowler to step down. Greene said he is staying in the race and will face incumbent U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint in the November elections.(AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
Well its official Alvin Greene will be the democratic candidate of South Carolina against incumbent republican Senator Jim DeMint in the general election November. Mr. Alvin Greene is the most unlikely candidate he has no campaign, no organization, no name recognition, and has a felony obscenity charge against him but despite all that Alvin Greene beat an established democratic candidate in the primary Vic Rawl with 59% of the vote.
What it boils down to is that Alvin Greene was at the top of the ticket and his name though unfamiliar was good enough to beat Vic Rawl which many democrats and independents voted against rather than for Alvin Greene. Yesterday the democratic party heads met and decided not to contest Alvin Greene’s win but decided not to support him either.
Mr. Greene is an unemployed military veteran that lives with his dad in a small rural town in Manning , S.C. He has no money though he did come up with the $10,400 filing fee to enter the Senate race. He is a simple man with few words but says he is running to bring jobs to the state and equal racial justice.
If there were ever an anti establishment candidate Alvin Greene would be the guy he has no real ties to the party nor to big businesses. He is a maverick of the first degree which scares the heck out of a lot of political insiders. Not many politicians go to Washington without being beholden to special interest and big money.
Hopefully Mr. Greene will eventually find support and perhaps a mentor in this Senate race. If he were able to mount a serious challenge to Sen. Jim DeMint and coalesce a message that could resonate to South Carolina perhaps he could mount the biggest political upset in South Carolina history.
Heck he may even get my vote in November.