So much for that GOP/racist narrative.
Via The DC:
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley named Rep. Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate on Monday, saying her appointment makes for “a historic day in South Carolina.”
With Haley’s announcement, Scott, a congressman from Charleston since 2011, becomes the first black Republican in the body in more than thirty years and the only African-American to serve in the Senate today.
But Haley – an Indian-American and the state’s first female governor – emphasized that she didn’t choose Scott solely because of the historical nature of his appointment.
“Congressman Scott earned this seat,” Haley said, explaining during a noon press conference that “it’s very important to me as a minority female” to make that clear.
“He earned this seat for the person that he is,” Haley continued. “He earned this seat for the results he has shown. He earned this seat for what I know he’s going to do in making South Carolina and making our country proud.”
Scott is replacing South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who announced his resignation earlier this month to take over the leadership of the Heritage Foundation.