Tim Scott gets early buzz for Senate appointment

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Tim Scott, an African-American Republican member of Congress from South Carolina, is already garnering buzz as a possible replacement for Jim DeMint, who announced his resignation from the U.S. Senate on Thursday.

DeMint said Thursday that he is leaving the Senate in January to take over at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington D.C.

Under state law, South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley will appoint a replacement until a special election is held in 2014.

Political observers and journalists floated Scott as a replacement almost immediately after news of DeMint’s resignation broke. If he’s appointed, Scott will be the only African-American currently serving in the U.S. Senate.

Asked whom DeMint prefers to replace him in the Senate, Wesley Denton, a spokesman for the senator, told TheDC, “That is Governor Haley’s decision.”
“As Senator DeMint said in his statement, ‘South Carolina has a deep bench of conservative leaders and I know Governor Haley will select a great replacement,’” Denton said.


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