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Is Tim Scott the Next Senator From S.C.?

Immediate speculation turns to U.S. House member.

The immediate response to Sen. Jim DeMint's stunning resignation has been to speculate on his replacement. And everyone is talking about U.S. Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

According to CNN's Peter Hamby, "DeMint has made it known in Columbia that he wants Tim Scott to be appointed to his seat."

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, offered her support. "A great choice!" she responded, via Twitter. 

Gov. Nikki Haley will appoint the next senator from South Carolina to fill the seat until a special election in 2014. Scott was a leader of the House's 2010 caucus and made news during the Presidential Primary for town halls with the candidates.

Scott is also the Republican Party's only returning African-American representative returning to the Congress in 2013. He was recently appointed to the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

If chosen, he would be only the sixth African-American to serve in the U.S. Senate. The first three were Republicans — two of them were elected by the Mississippi State Senate during Reconstruction — and the last being Edward W. Brooke III in 1979.

In a statement following DeMint's announcment, Scott focused his comments on the senator before turning his attention to Haley's choice.

"Looking forward," Scott said. "Gov. Haley will now appoint a news senator, and I know she will make the right choice both for South Carolina and the nation."

stanley seigler December 08, 2012 at 05:33 AM
any thoughts cotton picking has on the logic appreciated...butt; re: what were we hopefully an informed voter...but have doubts, if say, cottonP voted for MITT...or newt in the primary... oh/and adhoms (eg, dimbo) add zip to any discussion...and are mostly used by those who have only prejudicial, baseless comments... opine: time spent on too cute adhoms would be better spent googling for facts.
reg December 08, 2012 at 06:14 AM
"he is credited with getting about $300 million for dredging, improving, the port of Charleston." ??? can you tell me where you get that info? All I know is that he spoke positively of the Corps spending $150K on the port, but that was already included in their budget. I've heard many, many others - including the council members he used to work with - complain many times that Scott ignored the port and denied it funding. (he also didn't do jack for port of G'Town when it was in CD1 -- that port and its business is about to dry up, it's so out of shape after being ignored)
stanley seigler December 08, 2012 at 05:39 PM
@pick your own cotton i'm slow on the uptake...sooo re: so what were we when we voted for white?dimbo i may have mis read your sarcasm and to whom it was directed...also missed the point of your pseudonym... think got i 'em now...
Robert Kelly December 08, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Reg, I trusted Wikipedia. Here is the quote. "Scott successfully advocated for federal funds for a Charleston harbor dredging project estimated at $300 million, arguing that the project is neither an earmark nor an example of wasteful government spending.[44] He said the project was merit-based, and in the national interest because larger cargo ships could use the port and jobs would be created.[44]" 44. Ron Nixon (July 19, 2011). "Cost-Cutters, Except When the Spending Is Back Home". The New York Times. Retrieved August 7, 2011... I would have considered than an accomplishment, unless of course it is not true. I think this is the type thing government should fund. The article also pointed out how he voted to restrict food stamps to lower income people. I am not a Tim Scott fan, I just thought pointing out a good thing was worth while, even if it smacks a little of "earmarking".
reg December 09, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Thanks for the source, Robert. Surprises me -- I heard his former council colleagues complain that he didn't want to do anything for the port, and that part of the reason it needs the work so much is because he ignored the problems while on council.

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