Reaction to SC’s next senator

December 18, 2012 

Some of the reaction to Tim Scott’s appointment Monday to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Nikki Haley, effective Jan. 3

‘Tim is what America’s all about’

“When it comes to trying to explain what America’s all about, I could not tell a better story than the story of Tim Scott. Tim is what America’s all about.”

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca

‘We will remain’ a team

“I have tremendous respect for Tim, and I know he will represent South Carolina well. The South Carolina freshman delegation came to Washington as a team, and we will remain one, even with one of our own moving across the way.”

U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-Indian Land, who had been advocated by some as a successor to U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-Greenville

‘Historic day for South Carolina’

“Gov. Nikki Haley’s decision to appoint Tim Scott to the United States Senate is a historic day for South Carolina and our nation. ... I cannot imagine a more deserving and credible candidate to replace Sen. Jim DeMint.”

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale

‘Sen. Scott has a big decision to make’

“Sen. Scott has a big decision to make. Will he choose to be a statesman, fighting for the best interests of all South Carolinians? Or will he follow the model of Jim DeMint, allowing political ideology to trump constituent needs?”

Jaime Harrison , 1st vice chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party

‘Ability to inspire young African-Americans’

“The real value in Tim’s rise to the U.S. Senate will be its ability to inspire young African-Americans to aim high, to blaze trails, to think independently and to lead rather than follow.”

Stephen Gilchrist , chief executive of the S.C. African-American Chamber of Commerce

‘Love has to come at the end of switch’

“I am very thankful to the good Lord and to a strong mom who believed that sometimes love has to come at the end of switch. And she loved me a lot.”

U.S. Senate-designate Tim Scott, R-North Charleston. His mother, Frances, attended the news conference announcing his appointment.

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