The 2010 Discusties: Person of the Year countdown #2 Alvin Greene

by William Moultrie

Charleston –  This time last year, Chad McGowan and Mike Ruckes were the Democrats running against Jim DeMint for his seat in the Senate. When they didn’t seem serious, Vic Rawl jumped in and looked to be a shoe-in for the nomination. Enter Alvin.

Delusional or Savant? A lot of people would be willing to pay a lot more than $10k for the kind of publicity Alvin Greene picked up.

Delusional or Savant? A lot of people would be willing to pay a lot more than $10k for the kind of publicity Alvin Greene picked up.

With a $10,400 check, a pending felony obscenity charge, and a dream of being an action figure, Alvin Greene entered the Democratic Primary and rocked our world. South Carolina woke up on June 9 and logged on to the internet only to be stunned to see Alvin Greene as the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Of course they may have also been stunned if they saw Rawl’s name, since apparently nobody knew him either.

Regardless, Greene was an instant media sensation, at first for winning the primary, then for his sloth-like interview skills, and yet again when his obscenity charge was unearthed.

Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler blamed it on alphabetical order, Rep. Jim Clyburn suggested Greene was a plant, and runner-up Rawl insisted the voting machines were tampered with, but in the end, Greene was certified and kicked his campaign into high gear. He went from a single flyer at a Manning barbershop all the way to making rabbit ears behind reporters at the state fair in Columbia.

In the end, he was walloped by incumbent DeMint who didn’t even campaign. Green Party candidate Tom Clements arguably ran the only legitimate campaign for the seat, raising money and running commercials on TV and Radio, but the fading power of the straight-party Democratic voter gave Greene a healthy 28% of the vote.

So, what’s next for Alvin? He’s not ruling out a run for President or even a challenge to Jim Clyburn in 2012, but his current focus is winning a seat in the South Carolina State Legislature. He’s filed to run for the SC House District 64 seat, recently vacated by the death of  Rep. Cathy Harvin. The filing fee this time was the bargain price of $165.

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