Longshot Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene has made numerous appearances wearing a T-shirt promoting his campaign. Now, the unemployed veteran has been spotted wearing a different shirt that pokes fun at South Carolina's tumultuous time in the spotlight - including his surprise primary victory.
Greene appeared Monday at a Rotary Club event in Aiken sporting a white shirt featuring a blue outline of the state with the words, "South Carolina: We Don't Make These Things Up!"
Rotary Club President Owen Clary designed the shirt after pondering the events that have landed South Carolina in the news over the past year and a half. That chronology includes Gov. Mark Sanford's disappearance last summer - and subsequent revelation of an affair with a woman in Argentina - U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's "You lie!" outburst during a presidential address to Congress and Greene's surprising primary victory over a better-known candidate in the June 8 primary.
"We're having fun," Clary said Tuesday. "People get a good laugh. ... We're a crazy state, I agree. But the things that happen, we don't make these things up!"
Greene faces popular Republican incumbent Jim DeMint and Green Party candidate Tom Clements in November.