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.
Scott, 47, would become the first black U.S. senator from the South since Blanche Bruce of Mississippi in 1881.
The Lowcountry Republican would succeed DeMint, who announced on Dec. 6 that he was resigning with four years remaining in his second six-year term to head the Heritage Foundation think tank next month.
Other finalists were U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy of Spartanburg, former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster, former S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford and state environmental agency head Catherine Templeton.
Scott is expected to take over DeMint’s role as a Tea Party fiscal conservative in the Senate. DeMint, of Greenville, reportedly favored the congressman as his successor, and Haley said she wanted to appoint someone with the senator’s ideals.
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Tim Scott to be appointed as South Carolina's senator to replace DeMint
Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:08 AM
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:29 AM
Again, I disagree completely with his politics, but considering the state he represents and how conservative it is, it was a good choice.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:11 AM