The Surest Sign Yet That Nikki Haley Will Pick Tim Scott to Replace DeMint

Alexander Abad-Santos
December 10, 2012

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has released a statement saying that she doesn't want a temporary placeholder to take Jim DeMint's vacant Senate seat. That sounds like Haley is looking for someone a bit more permanent, like presumed frontrunner Rep. Tim Scott, whose district she'll be visiting for a press conference tomorrow. Haley released a statement this afternoon rejecting that temp idea. "[M]any have discussed the possibility of a ‘placeholder’ appointee who would pledge to serve for only two years and not seek election to the seat in 2014. While there are some good arguments in favor of that approach, I believe the better case is against it," she wrote. That essentially means she's looking for someone a bit more permanent, and to pundits and journalists that means Rep. Tim Scott. ABC News's Amy Walter tweeted:

Sen Tim Scott.. RT @mattmooresc: RT @stephenlargen: .@nikkihaley closes door on "placeholder" Senate appointment bit.ly/TPItIU

— amy walter (@amyewalter) December 10, 2012

And Slate's Dave Weigel:

So, Tim Scott then RT @peterhambycnn: Statement from Nikki Haley says she will NOT appoint a placeholder Senator to replace Jim DeMint

— daveweigel (@daveweigel) December 10, 2012

And there this maybe-purely-coincidental-but-maybe-not event on Haley's schedule tomorrow:

Nikki Haley holding presser tomorrow in Rep. Tim Scott's district. Hmmm....

— Scott Keyes (@smkeyes) December 10, 2012

Sorry, Mr. Colbert.