Look out GI Joe! Move over Barbie! There is a new action figure looming on the horizon that is to be a hot seller this holiday season. Alvin Greene, the South Carolina democratic candidate for the senate, has made the announcement that his economical plans for change in the state of South Carolina could possibly include the production of action figure dolls of his likeness, which could be available in various outfits.
Alvin Greene came out of obscurity when he won 60% of the votes the democratic senatorial primary in June 2010. His win surprised people of both parties in South Carolina and throughout the United States. Greene is a discharged veteran of both the Air Force and Army with his website declaring his 13 years of “honorable service” as evidence of his ability to understand and lead the state in the political battleground of the US Senate.
In an interview with the British newspaper, The Guardian, Greene suggested “Another thing we can do for jobs is make toys of me, especially for the holidays. Little dolls. Me. Like maybe little action dolls. Me in an army uniform, air force uniform, and me in my suit. They can make toys of me and my vehicle, especially for the holidays and Christmas for the kids. That’s something that would create jobs. So you see I think out of the box like that. It’s not something a typical person would bring up. That’s something that could happen, that makes sense. It’s not a joke.”
He may not be joking, however toy companies may have a difficult time finding an appropriate image to mold the prospective best-selling figures after. In an interview with ABC, Greene was asked to produce a photo of himself in service uniform, Air Force or Army it didn’t matter. After leading the reporter on a scattered tour of his family’s home in Manning, SC where he lives with his parents, Greene was unable to provide a photo of any time he spent in the service of the US military. This video is available for public viewing and can be found on Greene’s official campaign website.
While photographic proof of his military service may not be readily available for the candidate, what is are images of a mature Greene as he tries to defend his criminal charge of displaying pornographic material and pictures of a female student in the library of the University of South Carolina. Police reports from the incident state that after Greene showed the young woman the images he allegedly asked if he could follow the young student to her room. Additionally Greene continues to face questions about the funds used to pay for his 10K senatorial filing fee. Although cleared by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) of financial wrong doing, residents of South Carolina continue to be concerned that if he had the money to pay the fee, why are the state’s taxpayers footing the bill for his public defender attorney in his criminal case. Neither Greene nor his attorney, Eleazer Carter, will comment on how her services are paid; however it widely reported across the state of South Carolina that it is at the taxpayer’s expense.
Greene continued to press his economic stimulus toy production ideas as he announced on July 9, 2010 to CNN “The reaction [from South Carolinians] has been good. I am a true American hero and if any of the toy companies want to put something like that forward that would be good.” Greene admitted to CNN that he had not received any offers to help get the miniature Greene dolls rolling off the assembly line, but remains hopeful that his ideas will play into the hearts and minds of democratic voters of South Carolina.
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Interview with ABC News. www.alvingreeneforussenator.com
Pilkington,Ed.Alvin Greene: America’s most unlikely politician.www.guardian.co.uk