Alvin Greene speaks to attentive crowd in Manning

By JOHN MONK – jmonk@thestate.com

MANNING —

More than 400 people – including a throng of state and national media – filled the Manning Junior High School gymnasium to hear from Alvin Greene, the Democrat U.S. Senate hopeful whose unlikely primary win thrust him onto the national stage.

Greene, 32, an unemployed veteran who upset political favorite Vic Rawls with 100,000 votes, spoke to the crowd for about eight minutes, reading from prepared text; the speech got frequent applause.
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Manning NAACP chapter president Bobby Fleming, right, leans to speak to U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene on stage while the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Choir sings.

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Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene speaks at the Manning chapter of the NAACP’s annual meeting at Manning Junior High School in Manning on Sunday.

Alvin Greene, second from right, is whisked past a small gathering of news media members following the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee’s short speech at the Manning NAACP chapter’s annual meeting at Manning Junior High School in Manning on Sunday.

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene speaks at the Manning chapter of the NAACP’s annual meeting at Manning Junior High School in Manning on Sunday.

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene enters the gymnasium before speaking at the Manning chapter of the NAACP’s annual meeting at Manning Junior High School in Manning on Sunday.

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Greene started his speech at the monthly meeting of the local NAACP branch in his hometownby slowly rattling off national job loss statistics and South Carolina’s dismal rankings in standardized tests. Organizers moved the location of the meeting twice — first to a larger church, then the local junior high school as the number of people expected to come swelled.

“We have more unemployed now in South Carolina than any other time in our state’s history,” he said.

He suggested infrastructure projects put on hold after 9/11 could be restarted, such as an interstate from Michigan to the South Carolina coast.

“Let’s get South Carolina and America back to work and let’s move South Carolina forward,” he said.

After the 1-hour, 20-minute affair, which included several local speakers, Greene stood on stage signing autographs. The press was kept away. Then he was escorted quickly off the stage by a group of retired master sergeants who were in full uniform. Greene didn’t take any questions. He walked through the halls of the school and got into his Mercury SUV and drove off, escorted by Manning police. One of the retired escorts said he inspected Greene’s vehicle beforehand; it was just a precaution, he told reporters.

The 300 seats set up for Greene’s first public appearance since unexpectedly winning the June 8 primary were all filled. The parking lot of the relatively new school was filled with cars and news media trucks.

And counting the 15 video cameras trained on the stage, it was a packed house.

A campaign worker with a Greene for U.S. Senate shirt was videotaping the crowd of reporters surrounding the candidate as he drove away.

This was Greene’s first public appearance as the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. He faces incumbent Jim DeMint in the November election.

Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2010/07/18/1382173/alvin-greene-speaks-to-packed.html#ixzz0u8bhlJOk

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