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Greene's first news release has familiar theme

Oct 29, 2010 9:44:00 PM - thestate.com
In a year where tens of millions of dollars have been spent in hard-fought campaigns across South Carolina, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene was worried his message was getting drowned out.

So Friday, using the new Internet connection hooked up at the home he shares with his ailing father in Manning, Greene sent out what he said was the first press release of his campaign against Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint. The election is Tuesday.

The subject line - "Demint started the Recession" - is the same phrase the 33-year-old unemployed Army veteran repeated as he left the courthouse after his most recent court appearance earlier this month on an obscenity charge. And it's the same phrase he repeated to nearly every unrelated question MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell asked him in his last national interview on Oct. 12.

The 32-word release includes three numbered points. "1) Demint's support of the Bush Tax Plan. 2) His allowing record deep cuts to Education 3) And the mismanagement of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are destroying our country."

Greene first called The Associated Press to verify e-mail addresses and tell a reporter he wanted to send the release. He said he was worried that the media was ignoring him and that his message wasn't getting out.

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