Rep. Tim Scott is South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's choice to replace outgoing Senator Jim DeMint. PHOTO: Reuters
Tim Scott is South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's choice to succeed retiring Senator Jim DeMint. Scott, a Tea Party favorite, will be the only African American in the Senate, and the first in the South since the 1880s (!). Scott had been serving in the U.S. House, after beating Paul Thurmond, son of segragationist Strom Thurmond, in 2010.
Gov. Nikki Haley praised the leadership and smarts of Tim Scott: “He earned this seat for the person that he is. He earned this seat for the results he has shown. He earned this seat for what I know he is going to do in making South Carolina and making our country proud.”
The choice triggers two special elections: one for Scott's House seat, and another in 2014 when Tim Scott will join Gov. Nikki Haley and fellow Senator Lindsay Graham in fighting for reelection.
According to ontheissues.com, Tim Scott is in favor of spending cuts, a balanced budget amendment and disapproves of raising the debt limit. Rep. Scott is anti-abortion and against gay marriage. He has voted against a number of environmental regulations.
A number of conservative groups had been calling for Nikki Haley to select Tim Scott, and in doing so, she may have boosted her flagging approval numbers. For at least one day, Tim Scott has provided a boost of energy to a Republican Senate Caucus that didn't have much.