Could Republican Tim Scott Be Our Next Black U.S. Senator?

Scott is a Tea Party Caucus conservative

Tim Scott, a U.S. Representative from South Carolina, is becoming the favorite to replace South Carolina Jim DeMint in the Senate. If appointed Scott, who is a Tea Party conservative, would become the first African-American Republican Senator since Reconstruction and the only black person in the Senate.

DeMint announced  his resignation from Congress Thursday morning, to take a job heading the conservative think-tank, Heritage Foundation.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, also a Tea Partier, must make the appointment and DeMint has recommended Scott for the position.   Whomever Haley appoints will hold the seat until a special election is held in 2014 to pick a permanent replacement.

Haley posted on her Facebook page today that “whomever I appoint will have the same philosophy of government that Jim DeMint and I share. With all the challenges we face as a state and nation, it is essential that the next senator from South Carolina be dedicated to the principles that our state most values.”


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Makkada B. Selah

Makkada B. Selah is a journalist based in New York City.

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