Inquiring minds want to know: Will Alvin Greene run for DeMint’s Senate seat?


As the news of Sen. Jim DeMint’s retirement sets in, political junkies are speculating as to who might succeed him. Tim Scott? Mick Mulvaney? Trey Gowdy? Could be. But what about potential Democratic challengers for the seat in the 2014 special election? Only one Democrat’s name is on everyone’s lips today: Alvin Greene.

I wonder where Alvin Greene was when he learned the news that his political career has been resurrected. #DeMintResigning

— Nicholas Mitchell (@puxxled) December 6, 2012

Oh dear. Alvin Green. I forgot about that fella. #BlessHisHeart

— Little Miss Rightie (@LilMissRightie) December 6, 2012

Greene, if you’ll recall, is the rather shady but colorful character who, defying all logic, wound up on the Democratic Senate ticket against DeMint in 2010. For those still a bit fuzzy on the guy:

Second look at Alvin Greene?… #DemintResigns

— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) December 6, 2012

Speaking of Alvin Greene, remember when he “photo-bombed” this live shot at the SC Fair? Classic, I tell ya.

— Ellen Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) December 6, 2012

Surprising to no one, Greene was soundly throttled in the face-off. But perhaps 2014 will be his shot at redemption:

Jim DeMint in stepping down, which means the stage is set for an Alvin Greene comeback!

— Josh Feldman (@feldmaniac) December 6, 2012

Demint is stepping down? Time for Alvin Greene to shine! #demintcausedtherecession #actionfiguresforjobs

— Thomas Joyner (@thomasjoyner) December 6, 2012

Jim Demint steps down, the position should automatically be passed down to Alvin Greene! Someone run to his parents basement and get him!

— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) December 6, 2012

On the scene. RT @colincjcampbell: With DeMint retirement, we can only hope that Alvin Greene throws his hat into the ring again.

— James Hare (@harej) December 6, 2012

This South Carolina reporter attempted to contact Greene, to no avail:

Just called Alvin Greene at home for comment on the DeMint resignation. No answer.

— Andrew Kiel (@AndrewKiel) December 6, 2012

But Greene might just be busy:

“@craigmelvin: Where’s Alvin Greene?”I’m sure the flyers are already being printed…..or drawn.

— StaceyHough (@huffstersports) December 6, 2012

Weary citizens aren’t convinced that Greene’s what the doctor ordered:

I will never forgive you DeMint.Not because you left, but because people are talking about Alvin Greene again.

— Kristina (@KristinaRibali) December 6, 2012

Hey! What about chewing tinfoil? “@ewerickson: Hey!What about Alvin Greene for the Senate?!?!”

— Mark Petereit (@petereit) December 6, 2012

Does everybody remember Alvin Greene? He was like a SNL skit

— Taj Magruder (@TajMagruder) December 6, 2012

Sorry about all that. But, hey, now more than ever, America cries out for Alvin Greene. Lets up the IQ of South Carolina and DC in one move.

— Drew (@MetricButtload) December 6, 2012

Heh. Meanwhile, Twitterers are buzzing over an account purportedly belonging to Greene:

@jimdemint sHUT uP

— Alvin Greene (@greeneforsenate) November 7, 2012

@mitchamestx @jimdemint go eat a ham

— Alvin Greene (@greeneforsenate) November 7, 2012


— Alvin Greene (@greeneforsenate) December 6, 2012

@jimdemint GOODBY

— Alvin Greene (@greeneforsenate) December 6, 2012


— Alvin Greene (@greeneforsenate) December 6, 2012


— Alvin Greene (@greeneforsenate) December 6, 2012

— Alvin Greene (@greeneforsenate) December 6, 2012

thank you

— Alvin Greene (@greeneforsenate) December 6, 2012

Is it really Greene, or merely a depraved impostor/genius?

Not a parody account.RT @lachlan: #burned RT @greeneforsenate: @jimdemint GOODBY

— Kristina (@KristinaRibali) December 6, 2012

@somerg @greeneforsenate is an old account, I think it’s the real deal

— David Haskins (@SkinnySC) December 6, 2012

That Alvin Greene account has to be a hoax.

— Ashley Incognito (@AshVille34) December 6, 2012

Idk but funny as hell”@kdzwierzynski: LOL WHAT THE HELL IS THAT ALVIN GREENE THING REAL?!”

— Gamecock Attitude (@Gamecocks2012) December 6, 2012

This suggests the account is a parody. Then again

In any event, one thing’s indisputable:

I think it’s pretty clear that Alvin Greene isn’t playing with a full deck. Let’s all be adults and cool it.

— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) December 6, 2012