Alvin Greene has been getting a lot of heat lately.
Seen as a random candidate for the South Carolina Senate seat, Greene discussed his political platform Monday morning in a televised news conference. The unemployed Army veteran has very practical ideas that stem from his life experiences. For instance, regarding health care, he supports President Obama’s plan saying, “I am one of the 32 million Americans that don’t have health insurance.”
Many Democrats think something smells fishy as Greene came out of nowhere with no political experience and raised $10,440 to register his candidacy, but won’t comment on where the money came from. Greene is also currently facing a felony charge of showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student.
According to The New York Times:
Representative James E. Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina and the House majority whip, suggested that Mr. Greene was a “Republican plant” and that the circumstance reeked of the “shenanigans” that have become the state’s trademark.
“There is something genuinely mysterious about this whole thing,” said Mr. Fowler, whose wife, Carol, the current chairwoman of the state’s Democratic Party, has called for Mr. Greene to step aside.
Mr. Greene said he had no intention of doing so. He said the whole gambit has been his idea, that he paid the entry fee and that his was — and remains — “a self-managed campaign.” He said he would challenge his Republican opponent, Senator Jim DeMint, to a debate in September. “It will be one hour. Live. On a major network,” he proposed.
Mr. Greene said he was determined to go through with this, which would seem to belie the somewhat shell-shocked demeanor he has projected in several interviews over the last 72 hours. “Can I end this?” Mr. Greene asked in the middle of a brief interview with a local television station in front of his house Wednesday. It might as well be his campaign’s official motto, or wish, at least as far as leading Democrats are concerned.