South Carolina Democrat Alvin Greene, the man who won his party’s Senate primary last month despite not running a campaign, is set to make his first official campaign speech Sunday.
Greene will address the Manning chapter of the NAACP.
Since the state Democratic Party declined to overturn the results of his primary win, Greene has given few interviews and hasn’t held any campaign events. He did make news last week, though, when he suggested that making dolls in his image was a good way to create jobs.
According to South Carolina’s WFAE Radio, Greene won some praise from Manning NAACP President Robert Fleming, who said many voters think the unemployed veteran can defeat Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) this November.
“He accomplished what many thought that was impossible,” Fleming told WFAE Radio reporter Julie Rose. “He was willing to step out and make the commitment and I admire anyone for making such a sacrifice because he wants to make South Carolina a better place.”
“The word in the barbershop, the word on the street, the word in the church parking lots is that everyone is pulling for him,” Fleming said.
Greene is expected to have about 20 minutes to speak Sunday afternoon. Fleming said the group is looking for a larger venue to host the event given the interest Greene’s appearance is generating.