SC governor to appoint senator with DeMint’s ‘philosophy of government’

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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.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Friday revealed details about her plan to appoint a U.S. senator to replace Jim DeMint, the Republican who announced Friday he plans to resign his seat in January.

“I want to make two things clear from the outset,” Haley, a Republican, said Friday. “Number one, I will not take the appointment myself. Number two, I will appoint a person who has the same philosophy of government that Jim DeMint and I share.”

It has been reported that DeMint privately expressed a desire for Haley to appoint Rep. Tim Scott, a black Republican, to the seat. But others including Rep. Mick Mulvaney and former Attorney General Henry McMaster are expected to be under consideration.

“Appointing a new member of the U.S. Senate is a solemn duty, and I take this responsibility with utmost seriousness,” Haley said. “I will make this decision in a manner that is thoughtful and dignified, but also quickly.” (RELATED: Matt Lewis: Tim Scott for Senate)

“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,” she said.

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