12 things about Tim Scott

December 18, 2012 

U.S. Rep. Tim Scott smiles as he listens to U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham after being officially introduced by Gov. Nikki Haley. center, to fill the vacant U.S.. Senate seat vacated by departing U. S. Sen. Jim DeMint, far right.

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1. Washed windshields at a gas station at age 13 and, later, sold popcorn at a movie theater.

2. Mentored as a teen by Charleston Chick-fil-A restaurant owner John Moniz after Scott was in danger of failing high school. Moniz’s Christian-based business teachings led him to become a Republican, Scott said.

3. Attended Presbyterian College on a partial scholarship to play tailback. Transferred to Charleston Southern after reading the Bible and deciding he was meant to do more than play ball.

4. Won first elected office held by an African-American Republican in South Carolina since 1900 when he was elected to the Charleston County Council in 1995.

5. Professed to being a virgin when he was elected to County Council at age 30. Did not say exactly how that changed in a March interview with The National Journal publication except to say that he would no longer use his own story in talking about abstinence to school kids. “The Bible’s right. You’re better off to wait. I just wish we all had more patience.”

6. Said he wanted to be vice president of the United States – not president. “You get to speak more and have a forum to deliver messages,” Scott said in a 1995 interview with The (Charleston) Post and Courier.

7. Lost in a landslide to Democrat Robert Ford in a 1996 state Senate race, winning only 35 percent of the vote.

8. Served as honorary co-chairman of U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond’s final Senate race in 1996. Defeated Paul Thurmond, one of Strom’s sons, in a GOP runoff for Congress in 2010.

9. Nominated by then-Gov. Mark Sanford to become state treasurer after Thomas Ravenel resigned in 2007 in a drug scandal. Scott failed to get a single vote from S.C. legislators, who chose one of their own to fill the vacancy.

10. Attended early meetings with Boeing officials about building an aircraft plant as Charleston County Council chairman. Won a tax freeze for the plant.

11. With his 2008 election, became the first Republican African-American to serve in the S.C. House since 1877.

12. Did not endorse a GOP presidential hopeful in 2012 S.C. Republican primary, instead organizing a series of town-hall meetings with the candidates for TV.

Andrew Shain from previously published reports

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