MANNING, SC (WIS) - Many eyes from outside of the Palmetto State will be looking at Alvin Greene.
The man who has made national headlines after he won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate against political veteran Vic Rawl now has a campaign website. You'll recall he did not official campaigning before the primary election.
When talking South Carolina politics, it's hard to avoid the subject of Alvin Greene. Even as Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin was being sworn in Wednesday, Greene, was a subject of fascination.
When asked if he feels there is a credibility gap between his campaign and that of incumbent Republican Jim DeMint, he said,"I'm getting used to it."
Greene says his plan to run for the senate began a few years ago, while he was serving in the military. He says his interest in running for office came at a time when the country began a decline.
"I read the jobs report this morning," he said. "We had a net loss of 125,000 jobs."
Greene has been criticized for running what his critics call a non-existent campaign. But since securing the nomination, green has bumped up his campaign by printing T-shirts and even starting his own website.
Another bump Greene is facing on the campaign trail are charges that he showed pornographic pictures to a student on a dormitory computer at the University of South Carolina. State Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler says the party won't support Greene's campaign until he gets the charges behind him.
Greene has asked for a jury trial. When he's been asked about those charges in the past, he's simply said no comment. We asked him if he had anything to say to voters about those charges.
"Non-violent first time offenders should be entitled to programs like pre-trial intervention, so I deserve justice like anyone else," he said.
Greene will take on Republican Senator Jim DeMint in the general election in November.
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