MANNING, SC (WIS) - The buzz surrounding surprise Senate nominee Alvin Greene has gone international as Republican incumbent Jim DeMint's Democratic challenger described an unusual plan for job creation to a British newspaper this week.
Calling Greene "America's most unlikely politician," a reporter from the Guardian of the United Kingdom traveled to South Carolina to interview the mysterious candidate who came out of nowhere to beat former judge and state legislator Vic Rawl in the June Democratic primary.
The result was a standard "who is Alvin Greene" article similar to what many news organizations have written since Greene's perplexing victory. However, one thing that stood out in the Guardian's story was Greene's interesting plan to spur job growth in the Palmetto State.
"Another thing we can do for jobs is make toys of me, especially for the holidays," described Greene. "Little dolls. Me. Like maybe little action dolls. Me in an Army uniform, Air Force uniform, and me in my suit. They can make toys of me and my vehicle, especially for the holidays and Christmas for the kids. That's something that would create jobs."
Greene knows most politicians wouldn't list personalized action figures at the top of their economic plan, but he says that's what makes him a good candidate. "I think out of the box like that," Greene told the Guardian. "It's not something a typical person would bring up. That's something that could happen, that makes sense. It's not a joke."
Greene will face DeMint and Green Party candidate Tom Clements in the November election. According to a June poll released before Clements entered the race, DeMint led Greene by 21 points. Greene has said he is planning a debate with DeMint, though exact details have not been released.