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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. Greene faces incumbent Republican Senator Jim DeMint in the general election.

Greene won the Democratic primary race against 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.

Primary election statistics

170,215 votes were cast in the 46 counties of South Carolina. 69,853 votes went to Vic Rawl. 100,362 votes went to Alvin Greene. Voter turnout in most counties was in the 20-30% range. Alvin Greene’s margin of victory was 30,509 votes.

Background

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.  Greene received an honorable but involuntary discharge from the Army in 2009 and has been unemployed since.

Senate campaign

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 form with the Secretary of the Senate and the legally required form for 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

We are proud to have nominated a Democratic ticket this year that, with the apparent exception of Mr. Greene, reflects South Carolina’s values. Our candidates want to give this state a new beginning without the drama and irresponsibility of the past 8 years, and the charges against Mr. Greene indicate that he cannot contribute to that new beginning. I hope he will see the wisdom of leaving the race.

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.

If elected Greene 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. If he wins, 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. African Americans Kendrick Meek and Mike Thurmond are also running for Senate seats, in Florida and Georgia respectively.

Political positions

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.”

Questions about candidacy

Though his victory has baffled many, several explanations have been offered. Some observers, including State Representative Bakari Sellers, have stated that the fact that his name appeared above Vic Rawl may have caused voters who were unfamiliar with either candidate to vote for Greene.  South Carolina State Senator Robert Ford claimed that the surname “Greene” is common among African Americans, and suggested that fact may have caused African American voters to identify with him.  There has also been speculation that voters may have confused the candidate with soul singer Al Green.

Journalists and politicians have raised the possibility that Greene might be a Republican plant. South Carolina Republicans have been known to recruit African-American challengers to run against white frontrunners in Democratic primaries, with a view toward damaging the frontrunner’s general election prospects.  House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has said that he suspects Greene is a plant and has called for an investigation into the primary.  Clyburn recalled the events surrounding the 1990 primary, when Rod Shealy recruited unemployed black fisherman Benjamin Hunt, Jr. to mount a primary challenge to Arthur Ravenel, Jr.

Some commentators have raised questions about whether Greene paid the $10,440 filing fee out of his own funds, as required by law. Greene claims that he paid the filing fee by saving two years of his service pay.  However, according to court records, Greene is currently being represented by a public defender in his obscenity case. South Carolina law requires defendants who want to be represented by the public defender’s office to file an “affidavit of indigency” in order to prove they cannot afford to hire a lawyer. On this affidavit, the applicant must disclose all income and assets, including checking accounts.  State Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian told NPR that this revelation raises doubts about whether Greene could afford the filing fee. He also said W. Bradley Giese, the solicitor (district attorney) for the 5th Judicial Circuit, which includes Columbia, will likely haul Greene before a judge to explain how he could pay the filing fee if he needs a public defender.  Clyburn also doubts that Greene could have paid the filing fee on his own.  Late on the afternoon of June 11, Fowler told WCNC-TV in Charlotte that the Federal Election Commission has launched a probe into where Greene got the money for the fee.

from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Greene

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Alvin Green was born on August 30th, 1977

8 + 30 +1+9+7+7 = 62 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn =  Restrictions.  Limitations.  Obstructions.  Impediments.  Blockage.  Barrier.  Barricade.  Barred.  Prohibit.  Ban.  Frustrations.  Interference.  Hampering.  Impediment.  Unpopularity.  Booing.  Throat.  Larynx.  Keys.  Locks.  (Un)lock.  Release.  Detain.  Arrest.  Handcuff.  Confinement.  Victim.  Suspect.  Criminal.  Convict.  Prisoner.  Jail. 

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August 30th, 1977

30 + 1+9+7+7 = 54 = his “secret” number = Spontaneous.  Curious.  Inquisitive.  Interesting.  Fascinating.  Conversational.  Ingenious.  Clever.  Quick thinking.  Scout.  Intelligence gathering.  Surveillance.  Witness.  Observe.  View.  Watch.  Oversee.  Overlook.  Overhear.  Listen.  Ears.  Audiotape.  Videotape.  Recording.  Footage.  Scan.  Inquire.  Interview.  Interrogate.  Questions.  Trivia.  Riddles.  Puzzles.  Crossword puzzles.  Quiz.  Questionnaire.  Querent.  Discussion.  Forums.  Research.  Specimen.  Factors.  Congruence.  Correlation.  Estimate.  Guess.  Theory.  Postulate.  Assumption.  Geminian.  Mind reading.  Telepathy.  Teleport.  Memorize.  Verbatim.  Quote.  Recite.  Extemporaneous.  Improvisation.  Demonstrate.  Examples.  Exhibit.  Programming.  Technology.  Interface.  Simulation.  Virtual.  Cyber.  Digital.  Monitor.  Screen.  Graphics.  Frame.  Cover.  Holographic.  3D.  Transparency.  Superimpose.  Phase.  Version.  Modify.  Enhancements.  Characteristics.  Identity.  Alias.  Screen name.  Avatar.  Profile.  Vicarious.  Chameleon.  Mockingbird.  Parrot.  Copy.  Imitate.  Impersonate.  Impression.  Mimic.  Photocopy.  Duplicate.  Double.  Twins.  Split.  Bifurcate.  Multiple.  Poly.  Replicate.  Resemble.  Portray.  Role playing.  Transcribe.  Dialogue.  Narrate.  Documentary.  Language.  Bilingual.  Multilingual.  Interpret.  Translator.  Lingo.  Approximate.  Crossover.  Pause.  Dubbing.  Voice overs.  Make over.  Masks.  Disguise.  Camouflage.  Costumes.  A prop.  Gesture.  Parody.  Spoof.  Mock.  Skit.  Charade.  Wink.  Breezy.  Windy.  Horses.  Confidant.  Spy.  Infiltrate.  Insider.  Undercover.  Covert.  Secret agent.  Incognito.  A plant.  Debrief.  (De)code.  Decipher.  Erase.  Upload.  Download.  Data.  Documents.  Memoir.  Autobiography.  Coy.  Cunning.  Outsmart.  Pretender.  Poseur.  Impostor.  Copycat.  Veneer.  Facade.  Nosy.  Snitch.  Tattle tale.  Informant.  Leak.  Filter.  Revise.  Restore.  Reverse.  Janus.  Two-faced.  Flip-flopper.  Ping pong.  Peel.  Disrobe.  Peephole.  Kinky.  Deviate.  Double cross.  Doublespeak.  Double meaning.  Duplicity.  Mixed messages.  Rhetoric.  Pun.  Double vision.  Blurry.  Vague.  Impersonal.  Plastic.  Artificial.  Synthetic.  Polymer.  Genetics.  Clone.  Meddle.  Tamper.  Intrude.  Eavesdropping.  Scrutiny.  Counterintelligence.  Brainwash.  Misinformation.  Disinformation.  Misrepresent.  Allegedly. 

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August 30th

8 + 30 +2+0+0+9 = 49 = his personal year (from August 30th, 2009 to August 29th, 2010)

49 year + 5 (May) = 54 = his personal month (from May 30th, 2010 to June 29th, 2010) = 

Spontaneous.  Curious.  Inquisitive.  Interesting.  Fascinating.  Conversational.  Ingenious.  Clever.  Quick thinking.  Scout.  Intelligence gathering.  Surveillance.  Witness.  Observe.  View.  Watch.  Oversee.  Overlook.  Overhear.  Listen.  Ears.  Audiotape.  Videotape.  Recording.  Footage.  Scan.  Inquire.  Interview.  Interrogate.  Questions.  Trivia.  Riddles.  Puzzles.  Crossword puzzles.  Quiz.  Questionnaire.  Querent.  Discussion.  Forums.  Research.  Specimen.  Factors.  Congruence.  Correlation.  Estimate.  Guess.  Theory.  Postulate.  Assumption.  Geminian.  Mind reading.  Telepathy.  Teleport.  Memorize.  Verbatim.  Quote.  Recite.  Extemporaneous.  Improvisation.  Demonstrate.  Examples.  Exhibit.  Programming.  Technology.  Interface.  Simulation.  Virtual.  Cyber.  Digital.  Monitor.  Screen.  Graphics.  Frame.  Cover.  Holographic.  3D.  Transparency.  Superimpose.  Phase.  Version.  Modify.  Enhancements.  Characteristics.  Identity.  Alias.  Screen name.  Avatar.  Profile.  Vicarious.  Chameleon.  Mockingbird.  Parrot.  Copy.  Imitate.  Impersonate.  Impression.  Mimic.  Photocopy.  Duplicate.  Double.  Twins.  Split.  Bifurcate.  Multiple.  Poly.  Replicate.  Resemble.  Portray.  Role playing.  Transcribe.  Dialogue.  Narrate.  Documentary.  Language.  Bilingual.  Multilingual.  Interpret.  Translator.  Lingo.  Approximate.  Crossover.  Pause.  Dubbing.  Voice overs.  Make over.  Masks.  Disguise.  Camouflage.  Costumes.  A prop.  Gesture.  Parody.  Spoof.  Mock.  Skit.  Charade.  Wink.  Breezy.  Windy.  Horses.  Confidant.  Spy.  Infiltrate.  Insider.  Undercover.  Covert.  Secret agent.  Incognito.  A plant.  Debrief.  (De)code.  Decipher.  Erase.  Upload.  Download.  Data.  Documents.  Memoir.  Autobiography.  Coy.  Cunning.  Outsmart.  Pretender.  Poseur.  Impostor.  Copycat.  Veneer.  Facade.  Nosy.  Snitch.  Tattle tale.  Informant.  Leak.  Filter.  Revise.  Restore.  Reverse.  Janus.  Two-faced.  Flip-flopper.  Ping pong.  Peel.  Disrobe.  Peephole.  Kinky.  Deviate.  Double cross.  Doublespeak.  Double meaning.  Duplicity.  Mixed messages.  Rhetoric.  Pun.  Double vision.  Blurry.  Vague.  Impersonal.  Plastic.  Artificial.  Synthetic.  Polymer.  Genetics.  Clone.  Meddle.  Tamper.  Intrude.  Eavesdropping.  Scrutiny.  Counterintelligence.  Brainwash.  Misinformation.  Disinformation.  Misrepresent.  Allegedly. 

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