For the first time in its history, the Senate's upper chamber has two African-American Senators, a historic milestone resulting from Sen. John Kerry's appointment as secretary of state.
To fill Kerry’s seat until the special election in June, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick appointed William “Mo” Cowan, his former chief of staff.
The Senate’s other black member, Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina was also appointed to the position. Last month, Gov. Nikki Haley named Scott to replace former Sen. Jim DeMint, who left to become president of the Heritage Foundation.
Scott appears to have a bright future as a candidate. He is up for reelection in 2014 and is the favorite at this time.
Former South Carolina GOP Chair Katon Dawson predicts Scott won’t face a primary challenger. “Tim Scott is a modern-day legend in South Carolina. What a powerful story of success and political success, taking chances and taking risks,” Dawson said in an interview with the National Journal.
Cowan, on the other hand, has no such aspirations. He has said he has no desire to run for office and does not see himself as a candidate “now or in the future.”
When Cowan fulfills his temporary appointment in June, the Democrats will return to being a party with no African-American Senators and just two who are members of racial minority groups – Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono and New Jersey’s Robert Menendez.
The GOP has Scott, along with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
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