Tim Scott, appointed to replace Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate, has become the first black senator from the South since the 19th Century. Besides going hard for his conservative views, it’s only natural that he is anti-Obama.
During the brief Tea Party wave, Scott was elected in 2010 after supporting candidates like Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin. Before the news was announced, many political pundits figured he would be the replacement. With views aligning similar to DeMint, he embraces both the Religious Right’s anti-gay, anti-choice social agenda and the Tea Party’s anti-government, anti-tax, anti-regulation agenda.
The Advocate reports:
Scott, 47, who is just completing his first term representing South Carolina in the U.S. House, has a zero rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard. The factors in that rating included cosponsorship of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the antigay Defense of Marriage Act; Scott did not agree to cosponsor either bill.
Running for reelection this year, Scott asserted his support for “traditional marriage,” with his campaign website stating, “The institution of marriage is the unity of one man and one woman. Allowing the government to weaken the definition of marriage takes away from our children and we must not allow that to happen.” In South Carolina’s first congressional district, which includes parts of Charleston and extends to the North Carolina border along the state’s coast, Scott easily won reelection with 62% of the vote.
Now, with Gov. Nikki Haley appointing him to fill DeMint’s seat in the Senate, Scott becomes South Carolina’s first African-American U.S. senator as well as the first black Republican senator from the South since the Reconstruction era and the first black Republican senator overall in more than 30 years. The last African-American GOP U.S. senator was Edward Brooke, a liberal Republican from Massachusetts, who served from 1967 to 1979.
“I am thankful for a strong mom that understood that love sometimes comes at the end of a switch,” Scott said to the Washington Post
Scott will have to defend his Senate seat in 2014 as apart of a special election, and if he wins, he’ll have to defend it again in 2016.