The 2014 '30 Under 30'

Congrats to this year's 30 -- check out the full list here!

‘Historic’: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appoints Rep. Tim Scott to DeMint’s seat

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has officially appointed Rep. Tim Scott to retiring Senator Jim DeMint’s seat.

“This is the right U.S. Senator for our state and for our country…He earned this seat for what I know he’s going to do in making South Carolina and making our country proud,” Haley said at a press conference Monday afternoon.

“Governor Haley has made a great choice for South Carolina and the nation. Tim Scott is a principled leader and will make an outstanding senator for the people of the South Carolina and an important voice for conservatives across the nation,” DeMint said.

Earlier this morning Haley’s political director Kurt Pickhard tweeted that, “Today is going to be historic,” leading politico’s to believe that Haley had selected Scott.

CNN reporter and South Carolina native Peter Hamby broke the news on twitter this morning. However, Scott would not confirm or deny that Haley had selected him, according to ABC News.

Scott will replace Jim DeMint of South Carolina in the U.S. Senate, who announced Dec. 6 that he would resign from the Senate in January to become President of the Washington, D.C. based conservative think-tank the Heritage Foundation. Scott was rumored to be DeMint’s pick to succeed him, however his office has since denied that claim.

The Republican congressman will be the only black U.S. Senator and the first black Republican Senator in more than 30 years.

“When someone asks me why I’m a Republican, I tell them: ‘Because my momma raised me right,’ ” Scott told young Republicans from across the nation at the Young Republican National Federation’s (YRNF) biannual leadership conference in Washington, D.C. last summer.

Scott, who was raised by a single mom, is currently the only black Republican set to serve in the upcoming 113th Congress after controversial Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida lost a close reelection bid last month.

“Coming from a single-parent household and almost flunking out of high school my hope is I will take that experience and help people bring out the best that they can be,” Scott said during his 2010 bid for Congress.

Scott was the overall favorite for the seat and was the top choice among South Carolina Republicans to serve as DeMint’s replacement according to a Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll.

Other names on Nikki Haley’s short list for the seat included former S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford, freshman Rep. Trey Gowdy, who has doggedly went after the Obama administration for it’s mishandling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, former S.C. attorney general Henry McMaster and Catherine Templeton, a lawyer.

Scott will have to run in a special election in 2014 in order to keep the seat and serve out the remainder of DeMint’s term. DeMint would have been up for reelection in 2016. By appointing Scott, Haley has all but ensure that Republicans will keep the seat in both the 2014 special election and 2016 general election.

The announcement will also set off a special election to fill Scott’s seat in the House of Representatives, which he was just reelected to last month.

As soon as the news broke progressives were already on the attack, attempting to portray Scott as a radical who is not fit for office, despite his inspiring personal story and approval rating among the state’s Republicans.

A brief background on Tim Scott:

  • Born September 19, 1965 (age 47) in Charleston, S.C. to Ben Scott, Sr. and Frances Scott.
  • Was largely raised by his mother, a nursing assistant who worked 16-hour days to support him and his older brother. Almost dropped out of high school until a local Chick-fil-a owner took him under his wing and taught him about conservative principles.
  • Graduated from Charleston Southern University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.
  • Was the first black Republican elected to any office in South Carolina post-Reconstruction when he won nearly 80 percent of the vote in his first election, a special election to the Charleston County Council at-large seat in February 1995.
  • Made headlines when he supported the placement of the Ten Commandments outside the council chambers in 1997; a local court later ordered them removed.
  • Became Chairman of the Council in 2007.
  • Entered the state House of Representatives in 2008, becoming the first Republican African-American elected to the chamber in more than a century.
  • Elected to Congress in 2010 from South Carolina’s 1st District with more than 60 percent of the vote, replacing retiring Republican Henry Brown. Defeated Paul Thurmond, son of the late Senator Strom Thurmond, in the run-off.
  • Unmarried and deeply religious, Scott also owns his own Allstate Insurance Agency and is a partner in Pathway Real Estate Group, LLC.
  • Scott will be the first black U.S. Senator to represent South Carolina.

Katie LaPotin contributed to this report.

 

Comments

Polititainment

Snoop Dog smoked pot in the White House

Snoop Dogg may just have officially inducted himself into President Obama's "Choom Gang." The rapper confessed -- or bragged, rather -- to Jimmy Kimmel on his Internet program "Double G News Network" that he smoked a joint in the White House bathroom back in 2013.

Michael Moore fights over money

According to The Detroit News, Michael Moore's divorce from Kathleen Glynn was provoked by monetary disagreements, specifically Moore's anger that his wife was spending tons of money expanding their lavish Michigan home. This home is just one of nine that the couple owns from Michigan to New York.

Cruz comments on his 'True Blood' cameo
After an unflattering depiction on HBO’s “True Blood” over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz took to Facebook to respond to the bizarre “cameo” Tuesday. “Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO’s True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of the list. Sunday night, they aired a misogynist […]
Jenny McCarthy: Hillary could be lesbian

Tuesday's episode of "The View" spotlighted a recent New York Post report that claims former President Bill Clinton  has a mistress nicknamed "Energizer." The source of the Page Six story is a forthcoming book by Ronald Kessler entitled "The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents."

Pelosi talks naked photos on Colbert
Nancy Pelosi was a guest on The Colbert Report Monday night where she admittedly came on the show to push her “Middle Class Jumpstart” agenda. “What nefarious, northern California, San Francisco value are you pushing on the nation tonight?” Stephen Colbert sarcastically asked. Pelosi briefly explained that Jumpstart is a democratic plan that emphasizes the […]

White House

Congress and the President actually take action, Obama says ‘it’s so much fun’
“Girls just want to have fun,” Cyndi Lauper belts in her famous song. Apparently President Barack Obama wants to join her. “Let’s do this more often. It’s so much fun,” Obama said at a bill signing on Tuesday. Obama gathered in White House with members of Congress to sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This […]
Josh Earnest criticizes negative story for quoting anonymous sources, forgets the White House is always quoted anonymously

When White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest took a potshot at anonymous sources during a Monday briefing, he probably should have picked a meeker reporter.

Obama to fundraise at ‘Scandal’ creator Shonda Rhimes’ home Wednesday
It’s handled. The latest Democratic National Convention fundraiser featuring President Barack Obama, that is. “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes will host the latest in a series of Obama-led fundraisers at her Los Angeles home Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Obama has been hosting fundraisers all over the country in the midst of a border crisis and […]
President ignores foreign policy and immigration crises in weekly address
Rather than discussing the multiple foreign policy concerns or the border crisis, President Barack Obama used his weekly address Saturday morning to essentially repeat his speech on the economy and the middle class. “Our economy grows best not from the top-down, but from the middle-out.  We do better when the middle class does better.  So […]
Michelle Obama uses third annual Kids’ State Dinner contest to promote healthy eating, promises to give up french fries
Chef Elena Hirsch’s winning omelet recipe—aptly titled “Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-let” —landed the 11-year-old a seat at the third annual Kids’ State Dinner, held at the White House on Friday. Hirsch is one of the winners of this year’s “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge” contest.  The contest asks children ages 8 to 12  to submit healthy lunchtime recipes […]

Congress

Cruz to Reid: Leave Ritz-Carlton, go to Border
After President Obama turned him down, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) invited Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to join him at the border.  In response to Reid’s recent claim that the border is secure, Cruz said on Fox News Sunday that Reid’s perspective is skewed because he “lives in the Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C.” “I would invite […]
Graham: Immigration reform crucial for 2016
Immigration reform will be crucial to the 2016 presidential election, at least one Republican senator believes. Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press’” with David Gregory Sunday morning to discuss foreign policy and the border crisis. “Senator, the crisis on the border, immigration reform. This is an international problem. But it’s also a big […]
Cruz: Obama loves to blame problems on Bush
Why won’t President Barack Obama and Congress work to end Obama’s push for amnesty at the border? Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) believes the reason stems back to the Bush era. Cruz’s argument is that Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is the reason for the surge of child immigrants from Central America seeking illegal entry into […]
Rand Paul wants to see minimum wage be 'temporary'
Sen. Ran Paul has a very different take on minimum wage from the Obamas, a point of detraction he made clear Saturday at the Reboot conference for libertarians and conservatives in the tech sector. Unlike President Barack Obama, who wants to see the minimum wage raised nationwide so people can live permanently on it, Paul argues […]
AZ Rep is tweeting #ObamaFailures every 30 minutes
Rep. Trent Franks from Arizona must have woken up Wednesday with a lot on his mind. Luckily in times like that, Twitter is always there for you. Franks took to his official Twitter page to begin a list of #ObamaFailures. Every 30 minutes he tweets another failure to add to the list and will continue […]