The former Senate hopeful from South Carolina, who suggested during his previous bid that making action figures of him would help create jobs, has tossed his hat back into a political arena, this time for a seat in the House of Representatives.
According to the Associated Press, Alvin Greene, who gained national attention this year as the unlikely victor of a Senate primary campaign and who wound up facing Republican and Tea Party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint, paid the $165 filing fee on Christmas Eve to run in the April 5 special election for the House seat left vacant following the death earlier this year of Democrat Rep. Cathy Harvin.
In his November loss to DeMint, Greene received 28 percent of the vote with 358,069 ballots cast for him, according to Columbia, S.C. CBS affiliate WLTX.
Greene, 33, was arrested last year on a felony obscenity charge after he was accused of showing pornography to a University of South Carolina student in a campus computer lab. He has opted for a jury trial in that case, which will be tried in a federal court.
Meanwhile, having won the Senate primary nomination despite having no cash, a sparse presence on the campaign trail and a public presence that didn’t even include an Internet address, the unemployed Army veteran and the State Democratic Party drew little more than scorn . The party responded last year that it had no role deciding if a qualified candidate is on the ballot.
The Free Times News in Columbia reported this week that Greene had previously announced plans to run for president, but now says “We don’t know how things are going to go,” he was quoted as saying. “We can always keep a backup plan.”
Speculation has grown that Greene, who said he has looked into what the filing fees are to run in the 2012 presidential election, will eventually try for a seat in the South Carolina General Assembly.