Unemployed Army Vet Who Captured 2010 SC Dem Senate Nomination Arrested
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Alvin Greene, who as an unemployed Army veteran stunned the political world in 2010 by winning the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in South Carolina without campaigning or spending money, has been arrested on a trespassing charge in Myrtle Beach.
But the details of the arrest and why Green has been behind bars for four days on a misdemeanor charge with a $100 fine remain a mystery, much like his sudden emergence into politics three years ago and his quick disappearance after being trounced by Republican Sen. Jim DeMint.
Police said Greene, 35, was arrested Friday at an apartment complex after he was found walking around disoriented and asked for paramedics. They checked on Greene, according to a police report, and he was then taken into custody.
Greene remained at the Horry County jail Monday afternoon, held on a $282 bond. Trespassing is a misdemeanor that carries a $100 fine or 30 days in jail.
The police report gives no detail as to why Greene was in Myrtle Beach or why has was told to stay away from the apartment complex. Myrtle Beach Police spokesman Capt. David Knipes had no additional information about Greene’s arrest. He said trespassing charges are normally handled with a ticket.
No one answered the phone at Greene’s Manning home and his brother did not return a message.
In 2010, Greene seemingly came out of nowhere to defeat Vic Rawl, a four-term state lawmaker from Charleston. Greene did no campaigning and spent almost no money outside of the $10,440 filing fee he hand-delivered to party headquarters with a hand-written check.
The day after he won, Greene gave an interview in sweat pants and a 17-year-old “Greene Family Reunion” T-shirt from the home he shared with his ailing father in Manning.
On the day after the primary, it was revealed that Greene faced obscenity charges stemming from a female University of South Carolina student’s allegations that he had showed her a pornographic picture in a computer lab. Following the 2010 election, Greene agreed to enter a pre-trial intervention program to have the charge erased from his record.
Greene’s military record turned up later, showing he left the Army involuntarily. Records described him as a lackluster service member who made a number of mistakes, including improperly uploading sensitive intelligence information to a military server.
During his campaign, Greene gave a number of awkward interviews. He suggested South Carolina’s economy could be improved by making and selling action figures depicting him in his uniform. He suggested actor Denzel Washington should play him in a movie. He was for medical marijuana and gay marriage and came out against cap-and-trade controls on pollution, then sounded distraught when someone explained it to him and pointed out most Democrats support the policy.
After the U.S. Senate loss, Greene ran for a state House seat, getting just 37 of the 3,789 votes in a four-way race.
At one appearance during his U.S. Senate run, Greene was asked if he agreed with reports that characterized him as enigmatic.
“I’m interesting,” Greene said. “Interesting, more than anything else. Just interesting. I have interesting ideas and interesting ways of doing things.”
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