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Alvin Greene to Try Politics Again

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Alvin Greene, the surprise Democratic Senate nominee in South Carolina this year, is now running for a seat in the South Carolina state House.

The Associated Press reports that Greene, an unemployed Army veteran, entered a special election for a seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Cathy Harvin, a Democrat. He paid the $165 filing fee on Christmas Eve, five minutes after the process opened, according to Clarendon County Democratic Party Chairman Cal Land.

Greene became a household name nationally after he came out of nowhere to win the Democratic Senate primary last June over expected winner Vic Rawls, despite not having any kind of visible campaign. It was later revealed that he faces obscenity charges related to a 2009 arrest for allegedly showing pornography to a University of South Carolina student in a computer lab.

Greene, who was known for some mystic and confusing answers during the Senate campaign, did not provide much information as to why he was running or anything else in interviews with the AP and with The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.

"Filing doesn't close until next week," he told The State.

"The filing closes next week and that's when everybody finds out who has filed,'' Greene similarly told the AP.

He will face two more established Democrats in a February 15 primary - Clarendon County Council member Dwight Stewart and Manning Mayor Kevin Johnson. The special election will be held on April 5.

In the Senate race, incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint coasted to an easy victory, with Greene winning just 28 percent of the vote.

Since that defeat, Greene has also discussed making a presidential run in 2012.

"I'm the next president," he told the Free Times at a court appearance in November. "I'll be 35 ... just before November, so I was born to be president. I'm the man. I'm the man. I'm the man. Greene's the man. I'm the man. I'm the greatest person ever. I was born to be president. I'm the man, I'm the greatest individual ever."