Published August 31, 2010
Surprise Senate Democratic candidate Alvin Greene isn't known for his gift of gab -- but the South Carolina longer-than-long shot nonetheless has the byline on a "give 'em hell" op-ed in the United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper filled with zingers, detailed policy proposals and biblical parables that have political watchers in the Palmetto State scratching their heads.
The manifesto likely won't be enough to change the outcome of Greene's race against Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who is widely expected to crush him in November. But Greene continues to hope that lightning strikes twice -- and that he can score an upset similar to the one he pulled off in the Democratic primary against former South Carolina state legislator Vic Rawl, whom he stunningly defeated in a come-from-nowhere vote.
In Greene's "manifesto for a fairer America," which was published Friday, he says he wants to represent South Carolina "because I know millionaire senators in Washington do not serve hardworking Americans."
"Do any of these fat cats know what it's like to be unemployed? To not know how you will feed your children and pay your mortgage?" he wrote.
"I'm unemployed, and, if elected, I can teach the Harvard rich kids in the White House and the Senate a thing or two," he wrote.
DeMint could not immediately be reached for comment.
Greene vowed to support any law to keep jobs in the Palmetto State, to stop house foreclosures, to break up big banks, stop the dubious practices of debt collectors and to push for universal health care and free college tuition.
"Half the members of the U.S. Senate work for BP. The other half work for Halliburton. Who works for you?" he wrote. "This coming Election Day, let's teach at least one of those Senate millionaires what it's like to be unemployed."
The candidate could not be reached for comment on Tuesday and his father, with whom he lives, would not comment on his son's campaign team.
Greene also showed off a few dance moves during a two-hour radio interview this week in North Carolina. Greene's round trip from his home in Manning, S.C., to Charlotte by limo cost $575 according to the Charlotte Observer. But Greene could still barely speak for himself when faced with tough questions.
Greene evaded questions about his military record, obscenity charges and major political issues that seemed unfamiliar to him, the newspaper reported.
Greene said energy legislation that has stalled in Congress appeared to have "too many restraints" after he had the radio show host, Keith Larson, explain it, the newspaper said. He also seemed puzzled when asked whether the children of illegal immigrants should continue to have automatic citizenship – a national debate that is currently raging.
But Greene didn't show any discomfort when Larson played the rap song, "Alvin Greene is On the Scene."