Mystery Senate candidate Alvin Greene still can't explain why he ran

The unemployed accused felon who somehow won the Democratic nomination is not entirely comfortable in interviews

Published June 10, 2010 6:01PM (EDT)

Alvin Greene, the unemployed 32-year-old accused felon who won the Democratic primary for US Senate from South Carolina despite not actually campaigning, is not a comfortable interviewee.

Here, he explains that he is running in order to bring out a unified Korea.

And here, he is asked point-blank what kind of campaigning he actually did, and does not really have an answer.

Meanwhile, the woman to whom he allegedly showed obscene internet pictures is opening up to the press. And TPM has an image of the check he used to pay the $10,440 filing fee. It is an official campaign check because he wrote "Alvin M. Greene for Senate" in the corner.

James Clyburn has accused Greene and two other mysterious black candidates of being "plants." The campaign manager for a party-favored candidate who lost to one of these mystery men is a bit suspicious:

Beser said that since election night the Burton campaign has been doing precinct tallies and has seen numbers that far surpass what turnout had expected to be, including all-white precincts where Greene beat Senate candidate Victor Rawl and Frasier beat Burton. Both Rawl and Burton are white. "None of it makes sense," she said.

There's no proof that South Carolina GOP operatives paid a black man accused of sexually harassing a young white girl to run for office as a Democrat, but to assume they didn't strikes me as an underestimation of the fucked-up-ness of South Carolina politics.

By Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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