Is Tim Scott the Next Senator From S.C.?
Immediate speculation turns to U.S. House member.
The immediate response to Sen. Jim DeMint's stunning resignation has been to speculate on his replacement. And everyone is talking about U.S. Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
According to CNN's Peter Hamby, "DeMint has made it known in Columbia that he wants Tim Scott to be appointed to his seat."
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, offered her support. "A great choice!" she responded, via Twitter.
Gov. Nikki Haley will appoint the next senator from South Carolina to fill the seat until a special election in 2014. Scott was a leader of the House's 2010 caucus and made news during the Presidential Primary for town halls with the candidates.
Scott is also the Republican Party's only returning African-American representative returning to the Congress in 2013. He was recently appointed to the powerful Ways and Means Committee.
If chosen, he would be only the sixth African-American to serve in the U.S. Senate. The first three were Republicans — two of them were elected by the Mississippi State Senate during Reconstruction — and the last being Edward W. Brooke III in 1979.
In a statement following DeMint's announcment, Scott focused his comments on the senator before turning his attention to Haley's choice.
"Looking forward," Scott said. "Gov. Haley will now appoint a news senator, and I know she will make the right choice both for South Carolina and the nation."