At first it came as a shock, a freak outcome that no one could quite put together- that a 32 year old unemployed veteran with no money, not even a website extolling his ideas would win the Democratic Senate primary which would have him go on and face Republican incumbent Sen. Jim Demint in November.
Curious as to who Alvin Greene actually was and why everyone in the media had never heard of him the media decided to do a bit of homework, and homework is what they came back with. With news that our man Alvin is awaiting felony charges over pornography material and a lewd encounter last fall with a college student that our man Alvin tried to invite back to his room after he displayed explicit pornographic material to her, Democratic power brokers are pleading with Alvin to give away the nomination he recently won. Under intense pressure to resign, Alvin has instead pledged to stay on and serve the people. The Huffington Post tries to make sense of this debacle:
Greene was considered such a long shot that his opponent and media didn’t even bother to check his background. If they had, they would have discovered he faces a felony obscenity charge after an alleged encounter with a college student last fall.
Which is like saying one should look under the hood of a car before they buy it. But of course, Mr Greene believes such current misdemeanors shouldn’t disqualify him- after all if Senators and presidents can have affairs and concubines why shouldn’t Alvin be allowed to walk around town with a stack of wet sticky porn magazines?
“The Democratic Party has chosen their nominee, and we have to stand behind their choice,” Greene told the AP at his home in Manning. “The people have spoken. We need to be pro-South Carolina, not anti-Greene.”
Yes pro Greene, but how about pro sensible too?
Charged with disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity, Greene could face up to five years in prison. He has yet to enter a plea or be indicted.
After all what type of senator would Mr Greene make if he is obliged to spend 5 years behind bars?
Camille McCoy, a 19-year-old rising sophomore at the University of South Carolina, said she called campus police after Greene sat down next to her in a computer lab and asked her to look at his screen, which showed a pornographic website.
“I said, ‘That’s offensive,’ and he sat there laughing,” said McCoy, who was 18 at the time. “It was very disgusting. He said, ‘Let’s go to your room now.’ It was kind of scary. He’s a pretty big boy. He could’ve overpowered me.”
One ultimately wonders should we be offended with Mr Greene’s behavior or somehow perversely delighted that a rogue like him can now end up as our next senator? Shouldn’t you visit South Carolina soon?