South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley en Mitch McConnell Praises Tim Scott Appointment to Senate <p>Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is praising the appointment of Congressman Tim Scott, R-S.C., to the succeeded <a href="">retiring Sen. Jim DeMint</a>.</p><p>South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced her decision Monday, making Scott the first African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction.</p><p>The 47-year-old congressman was the favorite among conservatives to take DeMint's seat, and McConnell noted the history in Haley's decision.</p><p>From McConnell's office:</p><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><blockquote><p>"I want to congratulate Congressman Scott on his appointment to the United States Senate. As a solid conservative who fights hard for the values and principles he believes in, Tim will help us find real, lasting solutions to the economic challenges facing our nation in the 113th Congress. This is truly an historic moment for the Palmetto State from a Governor who’s broken more than a few barriers in her own career."</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:03:04 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3009 at Mitch McConnell Praises Tim Scott Appointment to Senate