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By FITSNews || S.C. Rep. Tim Scott has been praised by the South Carolina Association of Taxpayers for his “diligent, principled and courageous stands against higher taxes,” according to a news release from the organization.

While not a direct endorsement, the “commendation” was effusive in its praise for the First District Congressional candidate, calling him “a leader who is as good as his word.”

Scott’s campaign was quick to point out that “of 14 candidates running for Congress in the First District, only Tim Scott can point to a proven history of stopping tax increases at both the local and state level.”

From the SCAT release:

Since being elected to County Council and the South Carolina of House of Representatives, Representative Tim Scott has upheld his promise to the people of Charleston and Berkeley Counties and South Carolina to fight all efforts to raise taxes.

While some politicians see that promise as political rhetoric, Representative Tim Scott understands it is good economics.

Part of an especially crowded field of candidates vying to replace outgoing Rep. Henry Brown (RINO-Hanahan), Scott has emerged as the clear front-runner for the GOP nomination.  In an electoral climate dominated by concerns over growing deficit spending, Scott has stood out based on his fiscally conservative record.  In 2009, his first year as a state lawmaker, he was one of only fifteen state lawmakers to earn an ‘A’ grade from the S.C. Club for Growth.

Scott’s most serious challenger appears to be Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond, son of former U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, although Myrtle Beach tea party activist Katherine Jenerette has developed a formidable grassroots operation in her corner of the district.

For a complete recap of this crowded field, click here.