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South Carolina Senator Tim Scott endorses Marco Rubio…

The Black Republican Senator throws his support to Marco Rubio….

Rubio seems to be on his way to be the establishment guy running for the GOP nomination….

But Rubio STILL needs an outright win….

Marco Rubio is expected to secure the widely coveted endorsement of South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott on Tuesday, according to three sources.

Scott, the only black Republican is the U.S. Senate, will be Rubio’s second major congressional endorsement in the state; the Florida senator has also secured the backing of South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy. Rubio is expected to make a major play in South Carolina’s Feb. 20 primary.

The endorsement comes at a time of growing anxiety in establishment GOP circles, with many in the party hierarchy worried that Rubio, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie are dividing the establishment vote. There is hope among Rubio’s backers that Scott’s support, coupled with at least a third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, will help him unite the party.


Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 12/18/12: Nikki Haley taps Tim Scott to succeed Jim DeMint

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• SC-Sen-B, SC-01: It’s a done deal: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has named Rep. Tim Scott to fill the seat of Sen. Jim DeMint, who earlier announced that he’d resign to take the helm of the Heritage Foundation in January. Scott was first elected to Congress in 2010, filling ex-Rep. Henry Brown’s open seat, and just handily won re-election to a second term. From the moment of DeMint’s announcement, Scott’s name made the top of almost every list, so this move comes as little surprise.

And though DeMint never confirmed it, Scott was reportedly his first choice as well, and he’ll also become the only African American in the Senate. While Scott hasn’t been the iconoclast DeMint has (few could be), he’s already put together a reliably conservative profile and should fit right in with the rest of the GOP caucus in upper chamber. For instance, he once said that if Barack Obama were to find a way to pay our nation’s creditors without Congress lifting the debt ceiling, it would constitute an “impeachable offense.” He’s also extremely anti-union, sponsoring legislation to make families ineligible for food stamps if one member went on strike.

Because DeMint was just re-elected in 2010, Scott’s appointment will only run through 2014, at which time he’d have to run again—for just the final two years of DeMint’s term. Scott wouldn’t have a chance to seek a full term until 2016, which means two elections in back-to-back cycles if he plans to stay in the Senate.

Before he even gets that far, though, Scott may have to contend with a Republican primary. Lots of eager up-and-comers who wanted this appointment for themselves may decide that Scott’s not entitled to the seat and might try to challenge him. That may or may not be so easy, though, depending on how extensively the establishment rallies around Scott, and whether he can avoid screwing up once he’s elevated to a much more prominent role. (At least one snubbed colleague of Scott’s, however, has said he won’t run in such a primary: Rep. Mick Mulvaney.)

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Breaking… SC Rep. Tim Scott WILL be South Carolina’s next Senator….

Jim DeMint has successfully named his successor….

Breaking: Haley to name Tim Scott to Senate seat

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(CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will name GOP Rep. Tim Scott as the replacement to outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint, according to Republican sources in South Carolina and Washington.

Haley will announce the pick at noon Monday.


South Carolina wants Steve Colbert for it’s next Senator….

Twenty percent want Colbert, a South Carolina native, while 15 percent hope Haley selects Rep. Tim Scott, 14 percent hope she chooses Rep. Trey Gowdy and 11 percent want her to appoint Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of former governor Mark Sanford.

Colbert mainly benefits from being the favorite of a small number of Democrats and independents in a field of candidates filled with Republicans. Thirty-two percent of voters view him unfavorably, and only 30 percent have a favorable opinion. His support mostly comes from Democrats, 32 percent of whom want to see him in the Senate, and independents, where he gets 28 percent support. Only 6 percent of Republicans would welcome a Colbert appointment.

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Last Thursday, Colbert asked his viewers to lobby South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for his appointment, which would last until 2014, when a special election could be held. Haley appeared to dismiss Colbert as a nominee on Friday, noting he failed to remember what the state’s official beverage was when she appeared on “The Colbert Report.”

With Colbert removed, Jenny Sanford jumps into the lead, with 17 percent support. Scott draws 16 percent and Gowdy draws 12 percent. Former state attorney general Henry McMaster collects 13 percent. Mark Sanford picks up 9 percent.



South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday she would not appoint a “placeholder” ….


Will Jim DeMint get HIS choice Rep Tim Scott (R-SC) ?

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday she would not appoint a “placeholder” to the seat being vacated by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

“I do not want to tie the next U.S. Senator from South Carolina’s hands regarding future office. I do not want to deprive our state’s citizens of the chance to render their judgment on the appointee’s performance by way of their vote. Most importantly, while I am an avid supporter of term limits, I do not want the effectiveness of our state’s new U.S. Senator to be undermined by the fact that he or she will automatically be leaving the office such a very short time after assuming it,” the Republican governor said in a statement.



Breaking…SC Governor Nikki Haley will NOT run for the Senate in 2014….

Does this clear Rep. Tim Scoott (R-SC ) fro the seat to replace resigning Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) ?

…from Roll Call….

South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki R. Haley will not be a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat this cycle. “The governor will not run for the Senate in 2014,” spokesman Rob Godfrey told CQ Roll Call. “She absolutely loves the job she has.”

Sen. Jim DeMint announced Thursday that he would resign his seat in January, leaving Haley to pick a replacement to will serve through the 113th Congress. A special election will be held in November 2014 to fill the remainder of DeMint’s term, which ends in January 2017.

Palmetto State GOP operatives had floated the idea the first-term chief executive might run for the seat after appointing a placeholder candidate who would not run in the special.

The conventional wisdom among GOP operatives in the state remains that the top contender for the seat is conservative freshman Rep. Tim Scott.

Photo…Gov Haley and Rep Scott…..foxnews.com

Rep. Tim Scott (R- SC)

A little 411 on the man who could be the next US Senator from South Carolina and the sole black senator in the Senate since Barack Obama…and Republican no less…..

….from Wiki…..

Timothy Eugene “Tim” Scott (born September 19, 1965) is the U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 1st congressional district. Elected in November 2010 to the112th Congress, he is the first Republican African-American Representative from South Carolina since 1901. Scott is also one of the two members of the freshman class chosen to sit at the House Republican leadership table. Scott, a fiscal and cultural conservative, ran for Congress on a platform of reducing federal spending and taxes. He was endorsed by Tea Party groups and other prominent Republicans.

He is currently a favorite to succeed Senator Jim DeMint, who is resigning to become president of the Heritage Foundation, in the U.S. Senate but there is no word yet on who South Carolina’s Republican Governor Nikki Haley will appoint. Previously, Scott served one term in the South Carolina General Assembly (2009–2011), and 13 years on the Charleston County Council (1996–2008). A graduate of Charleston Southern University, Scott owns an insurance agency and has worked as a financial advisor…..



Conservative Senator Jim DeMint from South Carolina will Resign to run a foundation….

South Carolina GOP Senator Jim DeMint will leave  the Congress after only two years in office to run the Conservative Heritage Foundation….

In a move that is unexpected, the hard rightleaning politicaian will be getting ten fold increase in salary and has mentioned Rep. Tim Scott, a black South Carolina Conservative  (Tea Party ) House member , to be appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to replace him. untilk a specail election is held…

“It’s been an honor to serve the people of South Carolina in United States Senate for the past eight years, but now it’s time for me to pass the torch to someone else and take on a new role in the fight for America’s future,” he said in a statement.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said DeMint informed him of his decision to resign Thursday morning.

“We’re sorry to see Jim go. He’s had a distinguished career,” McConnell told POLITICO in a brief interview. “My wife [Elaine Chao] is a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation. She’ll be reporting to him.”

DeMint added in his statement: “I’m leaving the Senate now, but I’m not leaving the fight. I’ve decided to join The Heritage Foundation at a time when the conservative movement needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas. No organization is better equipped to lead this fight and I believe my experience in public office as well as in the private sector as a business owner will help Heritage become even more effective in the years to come.”

DeMint also appears poised for a raise, with Feulner pulling in $1.03 million in 2010, according to public records. DeMint earned $174,000 in 2012 as a senator.

At Heritage headquarters blocks from the Capitol, dozens of staffers filed into a first-floor auditorium to hear the announcement and directly from DeMint, whose muffled voice could be heard emanating from the room. Several speeches were punctuated by laughter and applause.


SC GOP Official: Tim Scott Is ‘DeMint’s Choice’ For Replacement

Photo from TPM…..

Sen. Jim DeMint (R) wants Rep. Tim Scott (R) to replace him in the Senate when he leaves the body next month, a South Carolina Republican official tells TPM.

DeMint announced Thursday that he will be leaving the Senate to take over the Heritage Foundation, opening up a seat that will be filled by Gov. Nikki Haley (R) ahead of a 2014 special election. According to the South Carolina source, DeMint wants Scott — a conservative African American congressman representing the First Congressional District who was just elected to his second term last month — to take over for him.

The move would mean the Senate seat would still be held by a prominent tea partier, the source said, and would also give Haley and the GOP a chance to make history.

“It would be historic for an Indian American governor from the Deep South to appoint an African American to the U.S. Senate,” the official said. “I think it’s highly unlikely she would appoint a placeholder. There are too many critical votes coming in the next 24 months. Scott and DeMint are lock step on the issues.”

“Scott is DeMint’s choice,” the source added.