The Return of Alvin Greene

Failed Senate candidate seeks to fill S.C. House seat.

Posted: 02/15/2011 04:34 PM EST
Alvin Greene

When we last saw Alvin Greene, he had lost an unwinnable race for U.S. Senate against incumbent Jim DeMint. But just three months later, Greene is once again on the ballot in South Carolina, seeking the Democratic nomination for a House seat in his hometown of Manning.

Greene is running in a special election to fill the seat left vacant after the death of Democrat Rep. Cathy Harvin.

It appears that Greene is employing a familiar campaign strategy. You see, Greene won the Democratic primary to challenge DeMint without ever holding any campaign events.

He has refused to discuss campaign strategy, writes the Associated Press. And according to reports, the other three candidates in Tuesday's primary say they haven't seen Greene out much shaking hands or giving speeches. Greene also didn’t participate in a candidate debate last month.

The primary is Feb. 15, with a runoff, if needed, on March 1. The general election is April 5.

His 2010 candidacy came under intense scrutiny, because at the time Greene was unemployed but managed to pay the $10,400 fee to register as a candidate. Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) claimed that Greene was a plant, and South Carolina’s Democratic Party called for him to drop out of the race after it was “revealed that Greene was recently charged with disseminating, procuring, or promoting obscenity after showing obscene photos to a University of South Carolina student.”

Had he been elected, Greene would have been the fourth Black person elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction.


Courtesy of South Carolina Democratic Party