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Politics: Another freshman term for Tim Scott – in the U.S. Senate
By Jason Lesley
Republicans are praising the appointment of U.S. 1st District Rep. Tim Scott to fill the seat being vacated by the resignation of Sen. Jim DeMint.
“He’s a fantastic choice for Senate, an excellent human being” said Glen O’Connell, a former state Republican Party treasurer and member of Georgetown County Council.
O’Connell said he got to know Scott when he ran for the 1st District seat after Henry Brown’s retirement. “He did an excellent job campaigning here early,” O’Connell said. “He made it a point to get to know the people of Georgetown County.”
Gov. Nikki Haley announced Scott as her choice from among five finalists Monday.
“It’s a very good thing for Georgetown County that Tim Scott’s going to the Senate,” said Council Member Jerry Oakley, the council’s vice chairman. “He’s well aware of our needs and he’s in a position to do a lot for Georgetown County.”
Just four years ago, Scott was chairman of the Charleston County Council. In 2008, he became the first black Republican in the South Carolina Legislature in more than a century, and in 2010, won his seat in Congress from a conservative district with 65 percent of the vote.
Scott’s amazing rise through South Carolina politics does not surprise W. Hayne Hipp, trustee of the Liberty Foundation. Scott was selected as a fellow in a program to develop young leaders for the state.
“Tim Scott represents the best of South Carolina,” Hipp said. “He is a special person. I think he is entering the Senate at a time when not only South Carolina, but the country, needs a statesman. Tim is that person. His approach is that everyone in the community is invited, all voices are allowed to be heard.
“Tim is a quiet person, a very good listener who knows how to build consensus while still representing the core values of his constituents. At this time of polarization, he has the ability to bring good folks together to see what we can agree on.”
Carl Falk of Litchfield Beach, Scott’s mentor in the Liberty Fellowship program, called him a man of integrity.
“Tim Scott will be an excellent senator,” Falk said. “He exhibits strong family values and, importantly for me, strong Christian values. He will do a great job and has a great future.”
Newly elected Seventh District Congressman Tom Rice called Scott’s selection a “great thing on many levels.”
“It will be good for our district,” Rice said.
Scott, 47, takes over for DeMint, who announced earlier this month he would forgo the remaining four years of this term to lead The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.