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Three of South Carolina’s strongest fiscal conservatives urged S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley to appoint an interim Senator who will carry on the pro-taxpayer legacy of Jim DeMint – who is resigning his seat in the U.S. Senate to become the leader of The Heritage Foundation.

“Senator DeMint has been a strong conservative voice, and he leaves big shoes to be filled,” U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney said. “I have faith Governor Haley will appoint someone with the character, leadership, and conservatism Senator DeMint has provided South Carolinians for the past eight years.”

Really?  Because from what we’ve seen of Haley over the last two years Mulvaney’s faith is probably misplaced.

Nonetheless, Mulvaney’s sentiment was echoed by Jeff Duncan – another U.S. Representative who has consistently voted with DeMint to protect individual liberties and taxpayer dollars.

“I’ll be praying for Gov. Haley to select a leader who believes in the principles that Jim has fought so hard to defend,” Duncan said.

S.C. Senator Tom Davis also indicated that he hoped Haley would not squander this opportunity.

“It is my hope that Gov. Nikki Haley swiftly appoints someone to serve in his stead who is just as committed to the liberty movement, and who is just as willing to stand for what is right as opposed to what is politically expedient,” Davis said.

We concur with all three of these fiscal conservative leaders – each of whom would be wonderful interim (or long-term) replacements for DeMint.  But will Haley appoint one of them?  Or follow their advice?  Don’t hold your breath …