The focus is centering on Rep. Tim Scott to replace South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, as Gov. Nikki Haley keeps Republicans waiting before she names his successor.
reports that Scott, who grew up poor, would be the first African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction, not to mention the only black member of the Senate. He's also considered a true-blue conservative who’s close to DeMint, the online news site reported Friday.
“Tim is a great guy,” South Carolina other GOP senator, Lindsey Graham, told Politico.
“I don’t know what the governor is doing. It’s her call. Jim and I are going to talk among ourselves about that issue. The good news for South Carolina is we’ve got a deep bench.”
Scott is a firm believer in capitalism and hard work as a means for the poor to advance themselves, and offers his personal experience as an example.
“As a poor kid growing up in a single-parent household in North Charleston, S.C., I felt like I didn’t have much going for me,” Scott said in a speech at the Republican convention this summer. “I did have a mom who believed in tough love . . . and a small-business owner, who was my mentor, who taught me I could think my way out of poverty.”
South Carolina GOP strategist Wesley Donehue thinks Scott has the appointment in the bag. “The only way that she [Haley] doesn’t pick Tim Scott is if she picks herself,” he told the Washington Post. “It makes all the sense in the world.”
Conservative commentator Erick Erickson also has expressed support for Scott.
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