Rep. Tim Scott Tapped for DeMint's Seat
Nikki Haley to announce choice at noon
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 17, 2012 8:59 AM CST
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. looks on at left as Rep. Tim Scott speaks about jobs, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has chosen GOP Rep. Tim Scott to take over Jim DeMint's Senate seat, CNN reports by way of GOP sources. She's set to make the announcement today at noon. Scott will be the state's first black senator since the late 1800s, the New York Times notes. Says a fellow rep from the state, "There is not a kinder, more humble, sweet-spirited person ... That is somewhat antithetical to what you’d expect at this level of politics."

It would be another auspicious step in the life of a man that the Times describes as having a "unique story": Scott was raised in a single-parent home and nearly flunked out of high school; but after a Chick-fil-A franchise owner became his mentor, things turned around for him.

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Dec 17, 2012 3:44 PM CST
So now SC has two unmarried Christian Senators who are anti-gay marriage and pro-life. Maybe they can live together at the C Street Center.
Dec 17, 2012 2:57 PM CST
And yet another idiot Teabagger takes his place in the Senate. The problem faced by Republicans is that minority voters aren’t interested in conservative policies. Indeed, Scott embodies this problem perhaps more than the others: He supports policies that can only be described as truly reactionary. He proposed a bill to kick families off of food stamps if one member went on strike as part of a union and he called for the impeachment of Obama over the debt ceiling. Yes sir, appointing Scott will drive minorities away from the GOP in droves. Good job to Nikki Haley, bimbo in chief for South Carolina.
Dec 17, 2012 1:50 PM CST
Black Republicans: Black people that other Black people don't like.