After days of speculation, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will introduce Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) as her appointment to fill the United States Senate seat left vacant by Jim DeMint, who resigned earlier this month to run the Heritage Foundation.
Scott, who was elected to Congress in 2010 on a Tea Party platform, will bring a unique perspective to the Senate. Politico noted Scott’s personal story earlier this month, explaining how he “worked his way out of poverty to become a successful small-business man, local politician and eventual congressman.”
In in nearly two years in the House, Scott has proven his conservative bonafides, receiving solid scores from influential groups — including a 96% from the American Conservative Union; 92% from the Club for Growth; 93% from FreedomWorks; and 84% from the National Taxpayers Union. More importantly, grassroots activists are keen on him.
Jim Geraghty also points out a neat part of this story (emphasis mine):
Tim Scott will instantly become a major figure in the GOP, as the lone African-American Republican in Congress. (The symbolism of Scott holding Strom Thurmond’s seat in the Senate, after beating Thurmond’s son in his first U.S. House race, is quite powerful.) He is a genuine rising star in South Carolina politics, with Southern charisma to spare, punctuating his Obama critiques this past year with bursts of “hit the road, Jack.”
Over at Outside the Beltway, Doug Mataconis notes that Scott will be the first black Senator since Roland Burris, who appointed to replace Barack Obama, and the first black Republican Senator since Edward Brooke.