As expected, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will name Rep. Tim Scott to fill Jim DeMint’s Senate seat today, reports The New York Times. Scott made history in 2010 as the first Black Republican elected to Congress from South Carolina in more than a century
Scott will also become the only Black in the Senate. That accomplishment would allegedly be "a considerable boost to a party often criticized for its lack of diversity." adds MSNBC.
Scott is a Tea Party favorite who suggested last year that the President should be impeached if he raises the debt ceiling. Scott is stridently anti-gay and opposes a woman's right to choose, the labor movement and other progressive causes. Scott opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
The former state representative also supported the GOP-dominated state legislature's proposal to slash the state's entire HIV/AIDS budget, including funding to the critical AIDS Drug Assistance Program. South Carolina has the 8th highest HIV rate in the nation. New seroconversions in the Carolinas are disproportionately black and young black gay/bisexual men. With friends like these ...
Scott was named to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee two weeks ago. Scott represents the 1st District along the state's southern coast. If appointed he would become the first Black Republican senator since Massachusetts' Sen. Edward Brooke retired in the late 1970s. To date, only six Blacks have ever served in the Senate. The last Black senator was Illinois' Roland Burris.
Scott is a bachelor and has never been married. South Carolina's other anti-gay senator, Lindsey Graham, is also a bachelor. Interesting.
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