COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Longshot U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene made a surprise campaign appearance in Columbia on Wednesday at the state fair -- right in the middle of a live WIS News 10 broadcast!
Anchor Ben Hoover, surrounded by a group of smiling children, was telling viewers about the fair's opening day specials, including $1 admission and $25 unlimited rides. As he spoke, a man in a green hat with an "A" on it and wearing a green T-shirt labeled "GREENE" pushed through the crowd to stand over Ben's left shoulder.
Unaware of his famous guest, Ben continued to talk about the fair's attractions while Greene smiled and waved at the camera behind him. As Ben tossed the shot back to anchor Judi Gatson in the studio, Greene even did something unthinkable for a Senate candidate, holding up two fingers behind Ben's head to give the award-winning journalist "bunny ears."
Greene is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint after winning a surprise victory over Charleston politician Vic Rawl. Greene also faces misdemeanor and felony charges after he was arrested in 2009 for allegedly showed a University of South Carolina student online pornography in a campus computer lab. Last week, Greene's attorney told a judge the 33-year-old Greene was attempting to flirt with the teenage student.
According to a Winthrop poll released on Tuesday, DeMint currently holds a 47-point lead over the unlikely Democratic challenger. In fact, Greene is even behind in the polls to Green Party candidate Tom Clements, who has the support of 12% of South Carolina voters.