Tim Scott had been elected back in 2010 and re-elected last month to his US House seat representing South Carolina's 1st Congressional District. Today he will be the 7th Black and the first Black Republican - since Massachusetts' Edward Brooke - sent to the US Senate. Scott would replace Jim DeMint who is leaving the Senate.
Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday her decision to appoint Rep. Tim Scott to succeed Republican Sen. Jim DeMint—a decision she deemed "historic."OK so leaving party aside, we now have a Black in the US Senate which has been derided as an "old boys' club" of sorts. And yes read that as "white old boys" club. And at least he was highly recommended apparently by Sen. DeMint.
Scott, a tea party star, will become the first black Southern senator since the late 1800s. He first won election to the U.S. House in 2010 by beating out Paul Thurmond, son of former segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond, in the Republican primary for South Carolina's 1st District. Upon his appointment, Scott will serve in the seat the elder Thurmond once occupied.
"It's a great day in South Carolina. It's an historic day in South Carolina," Haley said, standing beside Scott and DeMint at a statehouse press conference.
Haley, who is Indian-American, added that it was important to her "as a minority female that Congressman Scott earned this seat for the person that he is" and the results that he has achieved.
Haley cited Scott's knowledge of the "value of a dollar" and what America's working families face in today's economy as some of the things that played into her decision.
I wonder how the Democrats or even the Congressional Black Caucus would find a way to dismiss Sen. Scott.