Congressman Tim Scott To Be Named To Succeed Jim DeMint
Later today, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will announce Congressman Tim Scott as her selection to replace retiring Senator Jim DeMint:
Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina has chosen Representative Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the United States Senate, according to Republican officials. The move will make Mr. Scott the first black senator from the state since the late 19th century. Ms. Haley is expected to make her announcement at noon in South Carolina, according to officials.
For Republicans, Mr. Scott, who lives in Charleston, offers a unique story and background, one that is in scant supply in their party right now. Raised by a single mother, he was, by his account, a lost child who struggled with school and with life until he a Chick-fil-A franchise owner who took him on as a protégé, schooling him in conservative principles.
“Coming from a single-parent household and almost flunking out of high school,” Mr. Scott said in 2010, during his bid for the House, “my hope is I will take that experience and help people bring out the best that they can be.”
Just last week Mr. Scott, who has served in a freshman leadership role in the House, packed up his freshman-size office for bigger digs.
Scott will also be the first African-American Senator since Roland Burris, who was appointed to fill the remainder of President Obama’s term in 2008 under circumstances that ultimately led to the resignation and conviction of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, and the first black Republican Senator since Edward Brooke, who served in the Senate for two terms from 1967 to 1979.
Unlike his fellow 2010 freshman Allen West, Scott has generally kept a low profile and has refrained from the bombastic comments that West became famous for. He is definitely a conservative, though, and seems to be well-regarded by his fellow members of the House. It’s an interesting choice by Haley, and sets up several interesting possibilities for the Special Election that will have to be held in 2014.