The Mysterious Affair of Alvin Greene, of South Carolina

10 06 2010

This story just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

For those of you who haven’t followed the story out of South Carolina’s Democratic primary, what happened is that the establishment candidate (who, to be fair, seems not to have campaigned much at all) was defeated by a person named Alvin Greene.  And who is Greene?  Well, no one seems to really know.  He’s never held political office.  Lives at home with his parents and appears to be unemployed.  He’s also reportedly facing felony charges (and a five-year sentence, if convicted) related to the dissemination of profanity and was involuntarily discharged from the Army.

Some observers spent yesterday crying dirty trick, and it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility (though why they’d bother in a state that is almost certain to re-elect Jim DeMint by wide margins is an open question).  Without appearing to raise any money, the unemployed Greene did somehow manage to come up with the $10,000 filing fee.  Not impossible, of course.  Just damn mysterious.

—Jason

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