Mystery Democratic U.S. Senate nominee faces felony charge

Jun 9, 2010

An unemployed veteran became the South Carolina Democratic Party's surprise nominee last night to challenge U.S. Senator Jim DeMint. Court records uncovered after the election show the Democrat faces a felony charge. 32-year-old Alvin Greene has never run for office before. He raised no money and had no campaign website, but still managed to get 59 percent of the vote against a well-funded Democratic attorney to become the party's nominee for U.S. Senate. Greene's phone is now ringing constantly, in part because the Associated Press unearthed court records showing Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a college student. Greene says he has "no comment" on the felony charge and he has not been indicted, according to court records. But Greene hopes all the attention he's now getting will help his campaign. "I think I have a lot of recognition now I have the attent - I mean, I think um I should be able to reach um the constituents of South Carolina easier and um, we should be able to get things done and get South Carolina back to work," said Greene. Greene will face Republican incumbent and Tea Party favorite Senator Jim DeMint in November.