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Alvin Michael Greene (born August 30, 1977 in Florence, South Carolina) is the Democratic nominee in the 2010 United States Senate election in South Carolina. If elected he would be the first African-American in the Southern United States to win a seat in U.S. Senate since Reconstruction when Republican senators Hiram Rhodes Revels and Blanche Bruce represented Mississippi in the 1870s.
He would also be the first popularly elected African-American Senator from the South, as state legislatures chose Senators in the 19th century. The first popularly elected African American senator was Edward Brooke, elected from Massachusetts in 1966. Greene faces incumbent Republican Senator Jim DeMint in the general election.
Greene won the Democratic primary race against establishment candidate Vic Rawl in June of 2010 with 59% of votes cast despite very limited campaigning and campaign spending, no website, and no yard signs.
Greene served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force before receiving an involuntary honorable discharge. He is currently unemployed and lives with his father in Manning, roughly halfway between Columbia and Charleston.
Greene graduated from Manning High School in 1995 and received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of South Carolina in 2000. He served as an intelligence specialist and a unit supply specialist in the U.S. Army and has served in the Air Force and Army national guards.
He has received the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Greene received an honorable but involuntary discharge from the Army in 2009 and has been unemployed since.
Greene said that he originally got the idea to run for office in 2008 when he was stationed in Korea.
South Carolina Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler said she had not seen Greene since he filed to run. Clarendon County Democratic Party Chairman Cal Land told local newspaper The Item that local party leaders had not met Greene that he had not attended any local Democratic events and had not responded to any invitations to local stump meetings.
He did not attend the state Democratic Party convention, did not file the legally-required forms with the Secretary of the Senate and the Federal Election Commission, and attempted to pay his $10,400 filing fee with a personal check, rather than a check from a campaign account.
The day after the primary election, the media reported that Greene was facing felony obscenity charges stemming from a November 2009 arrest for allegedly showing a pornographic Internet site to an 18-year-old female University of South Carolina student and then propositioning her in a computer lab.
The mother of the victim has claimed that USC authorities had warned Greene not to visit certain parts of campus in the past. As a result of these charges, Fowler issued a statement calling for Greene to drop out of the race, saying:
Greene refused to bow out of the race and announced that "The Democratic Party has chosen their nominee, and we have to stand behind their choice. The people have spoken. We need to be pro-South Carolina, not anti-Greene."
Greene appeared on various news programs after his primary victory. He responded with short answers, refused to comment on the obscenity allegations, and rejected rumors that he is a plant.
Greene describes himself as a "moderate Democrat." His campaign slogan is "Let's get South Carolina back to work.” Greene favors measures to lower the price of gas and supports offshore drilling.
He supports a united Korea under a democratic system of government. He would let the Bush tax cuts expire and supports reform of the financial industry. Greene supports job creation and would increase highway construction projects and pursue alternative energy sources.
He has also called for better school facilities and pay raises for teachers. When asked about free trade, Greene said that he has to look into the issue further before taking a position. [Citation needed] On the subject of firearms, Greene said he supports the Constitution.
Greene favors winding down the wars the Middle East and "using that money for domestic programs, such as job creation, education, and Social Security."