Columbia politician-hopeful, Alvin Greene has opened a door for many aspiring citizens with a flair for politics when he popped out of the blue as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, but since then, is walking a fine line of possibly slamming that door in his own face.
When news first broke of this unemployed military veteran, all were surprised, but many were impressed with his “out-of-nowhere” appeal, making him a national topic. Greene gained instant support, if for no other reason, being an average “Joe” instead of yet another candidate covered with a tainted political background or scandal. Greene was a walking example that an ordinary citizen could become a public official without a wealthy political background or any of the “it’s who you know” loopholes.
Quickly though, his refreshing image and inspiration is being washed away with his own actions and words spewing from his mouth. Many interviews with the candidate has shown a lack of thought put into his platform, with constant pauses, and many cocky answers. Greene has also turned many people away with talk of creating jobs in South Carolina by making action figures in his likeness.
During his first official speech, Greene touched base on many topics that he considered a priority, such as education, roads, and employment, but left out any serious details of how to address these topics. The one topic he did seem to have a plan for was the justice system and first time offenders.
On this topic, Greene called for giving first-time offenders a chance to do community service and pay a fine to have their records wiped clean, which is convenient considering his own legal troubles. ( Alvin Greene just happens to be facing a felony charge of showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student.)
Greene faces Republican U.S. Senator, Jim DeMint and Green Party candidate Tom Clements in November. DeMint has more than $3.5 million to spend, while Greene informed a reporter last week that he has raised about $1,000. The odds may be against Alvin Greene, but may people want to root for the underdog in any fight, which just may be worth more than any amount of money raised to campaign.
Alvin Greene could easily take this election, if he truly wants it; but it will take loads of hard work, a serious platform, and the plan to turn his platform in to reality. Greene has shown us all that there is a fine line between a political inspiration and 15 minutes of fame. We are all waiting to see which side of that line that he may choose.
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