By FITSNews || S.C. Rep. Tim Scott continues to emerge as the leading fiscal conservative candidate in the packed race for the Palmetto State’s First Congressional District, which is being vacated in 2011 by five-term RINO Henry Brown. Of course, Scott’s front-runner status has also opened him up to attacks from some of the other candidates in the nine-way GOP primary.
Last week, Scott picked up the endorsement of the national Club for Growth, an acknowledgment of the strong legislative marks he’s received from the organization’s state affiliate. Scott was one of only fifteen state lawmakers (out of 170) to earn an ‘A’ grade for his votes to limit government according to the S.C. Club for Growth 2009 legislative scorecards, which were released in January.
“Tim Scott has fought for the principles of individual liberty and limited government in South Carolina, and he is ready to do the same in Washington,” a press release from the Club for Growth stated. “He has fought the same battles in Columbia that need to be fought in Congress: for less spending, lower taxes, and school choice.”
In addition to his “love from the Club,” Scott has also received a commendation from the S.C. Association of Taxpayers for his consistent opposition to tax hikes and spending increases.
Yet as Scott becomes identified as the top fiscal conservative in the race, he also becomes the race’s top target.
In fact, FITS has spoken with two First Congressional candidates who say that one of their rivals in the crowded field – Mount Pleasant town councilman Ken Glasson – had contacted them asking if they were interested in joining him in a political attack on Scott. Both campaigns declined Glasson’s alleged offer – although that’s just one of several plots we’ve caught wind of in recent days seeking to blunt Scott’s momentum.
As we’ve noted previously, we’ve had our differences with Scott in the past. We also remain big fans of Katherine Jenerette, who continues to outperform expectations thanks to a solid grassroots movement.
Having said that, it’s hard to argue with Scott’s voting record in the S.C. House – or with the lead role he’s taken in blocking the implementation of “Obamacare” in South Carolina.