Sunday, October 17, 2010

Who is Alvin Green?

When the days are getting shorter and my mood gets darker I turn to my favorite place to read about politics, South Carolina. It's usually a reliable place to go to put a smile on your face. Like comic strips only for real.

Right now, my smile comes from someone named Alvin Green.
Alvin Green
In 2000 Mr. Green earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of South Carolina.  After college he served in both the Army and the Air Force but was involuntarily discharged in 2009.  Although he received several medals he also received poor evaluations.  His superiors said he lacked the ability to put his thoughts in order.  He currently is facing criminal charges for showing pornographic pictures to an 18 year old.

Alvin Green decided to put his hat in the ring to run on the Democratic ticket for Senator of South Carolina.

Vic Rawl
Green faced Vic Rawl in the democratic primary for Senate. Rawl was an officer in the SC National Guard for twenty-six years.  He started as an enlisted man but retired a Lt. Colonel.

Rawl was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives four times and served from 1977 to 1978 and from 1980-1986, for a total of eight years. From 1980 to 1986 Rawl worked on the State Reorganization Commission, S. C. Housing Authority, and S.C. Prison Overcrowding Project.
Alvin Green somehow won the primary with 59% of the vote.. So what happened?

Greene hired South Carolina attorney Suzanne Coe as his campaign manager who was struck by his honesty and offered to work for him for free. Green never spent any money at all on the campaign. In fact, there is some question as to where he got the money to put in his application.  Nonetheless, a study by the Pew Research Center released in late July found that Greene's campaign has received the most media attention of all of the 2010 political campaigns.

So, if you are not impressed by all the money being spent this year on advertisements for tea party candidates. If you don't think exposure alone works, well, even though it wasn't tea party money it looks as though it was just that kind of exposure that worked for Mr. Green.

Here is a 1:27 min clip of an interview with Alvin Green.
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