Skip to comments.Breaking: Nikki Haley to pick Tim Scott to replace DeMint in Senate
Posted on 12/17/2012 7:39:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Welcome, my friends, to the least surprising political news of the week. Nikki Haley will appoint Rep. Tim Scott to replace Senator Jim DeMint in the US Senate, making Scott the upper chamber's only African-American member, and give him a boost in the 2014 special election for the rest of DeMint's term:
Multiple media sources are reporting that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will indeed name Rep. Tim Scott to be the next senator from South Carolina.
Scott will serve for two years, and then presumably run in a special election in 2014. If reelected, he would serve an additional two years (the remaining two years of the six-year term Jim DeMint was elected to in 2010) and then potentially run again for a full-six year term in 2016.
Also from Brother Jim at NRO comes this piece of ironic trivia:
Tim Scott beat Strom Thurmond’s son in the 2010 House primary. Now he will sit in the seat Thurmond once occupied. bit.ly/T2mv3t
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) December 17, 2012
The Charlotte Observer picked up the story a few minutes ago as well:
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, who overcame poverty in North Charleston to build a successful business and political career, will be appointed today by Gov. Nikki Haley to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Republican Jim DeMint, The New York Times and CNN reported this morning.
Haley has scheduled a noon news conference to announce her pick. DeMint and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from Seneca, are scheduled to attend.
That makes a lot of sense; DeMint reportedly went to bat for Scott as his replacement, and he’s likely to cheer the decision as the new head of the Heritage Foundation. His blessing will be seen as an important key for Haley.
That means that Haley will have to call a special election for Scott’s soon-to-be vacant seat. The election will have to be held in 18 weeks, with a primary in 11 weeks. Can SC-01 produce another clear conservative to replace Scott? We will soon find out. Regardless, this is a great choice for Haley, even if it was the only obvious choice.
“Can SC-01 produce another clear conservative to replace Scott?”
Good question that (I hope) was evaluated in the pick of Scott.
Another good question would be: was Scott the most conservative of the state’s congressional delegation that could have been appointed?
The Senate is even more barren of constitutionalist conservatives than is the House and they should be elevated to the Senate whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Wait, wait, wait. Let’s ask ESPN’s Rob Parker if Mr. Scott is Black enough, first.
Yeah, he might be too *cornball* to be a US Senator. Sheesh, these lefty double standards make me dizzy.
Hmmm. Non-descript American name. Already seems to wear an American flag on his lapel. Apparently not born to freakazoid marxist parents or educated in Muslim schools in Indonesia or mentored by a communist. No evidence he’s a pal of 70s terrorists.
Nah, it would never work.
Congressman Scott is a great choice....It just a Shame that he’s not replacing Sen. Graham instead!!!! LOL
...you can't get any more African American than a black in SC.
A very good choice. I am almost misty-eyed...I wish him the very best.
Congratulations Senator Scott!
Bravo Governor Haley!
Well, here’s some good news, for a change.
“Scott will serve for two years, and then presumably run in a special election in 2014. If reelected, he would serve an additional two years (the remaining two years of the six-year term Jim DeMint was elected to in 2010) and then potentially run again for a full-six year term in 2016.”
Wow, that’s a lot of elections in a short time! He needs to raise a lot of money. The left hates no one like they hate a black conservative. And they have two shots in 3 years at that senate seat. I’m glad this is in South Carolina. Whew!
Heh, the only black senator will be a tea party republican...
96.00 rating from the ACU.
South Carolina Ping
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