Nikki Haley Won’t Appoint Herself To Jim DeMint’s Seat

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will not appoint herself to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jim DeMint, the first-term “Republican” told a South Carolina radio host. “No, I will not be appointing myself,” Haley told host Bob McLain of WORD (Greenville, S.C.). “That is not even not an option,…

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will not appoint herself to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jim DeMint, the first-term “Republican” told a South Carolina radio host.

“No, I will not be appointing myself,” Haley told host Bob McLain of WORD (Greenville, S.C.). “That is not even not an option, not something I am considering at all.”

DeMint’s surprise decision to resign his seat as South Carolina’s junior U.S. Senator gives Haley the power to name his interim replacement – and many presumed that the ambitious first-term governor would elevate herself to the seat.  Technically Haley couldn’t have appointed herself, though.  Instead she would have had to resign her post as governor first and then relied on S.C. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell to appoint her.  McConnell is a longtime Haley antagonist and it wasn’t immediately clear whether he would have been willing to play ball with Haley on such an appointment – even if doing so cleared a path for him to the governor’s office.

“She would have been putting her political life in his hands,” one Palmetto political operative told FITS.

So who will Haley choose?

Fiscal conservatives are urging her to pick someone who will follow in DeMint’s footsteps, although conventional wisdom has Haley either selecting establishment Republican Tim Scott or a “caretaker” for the seat – possibly former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster or former U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins.


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Anti Big T December 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

So with that triple negative does that really mean that she is considering it. If she wants to appoint someone as nutty and demented as Demint, I would say she should go with Big T.

Jan December 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm

How do we know DeMint isn’t Big T?

sweepin December 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm

@Jan. I had ’em both pegged with about the same IQ. You many be right.

Isotope Soap December 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm

“That is not even not an option, not something I am considering at all.”

She sure likes negating the word option…What was that book called she wrote?

Carpe Jugulum December 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Oh Crap! where is Miz Templeton………..

Soft Sigh from Hell December 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

That crossed my mind too.

Soft Sigh from Hell December 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Auction it off, Blago style.

Or give it to whoever her most able likely primary opponent is going to be in 2014 to get him out of the way.

Or to Sanford to further piss off all her detractors no end.

Tom December 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Wow, had not though about him. Could this be his political comeback?

Conservative December 7, 2012 at 12:34 am

As self serving as she is, don’t, for one minute, think she has not given thought to selling the appointment. Probably will, just not as overtly as Blago. She will get her advice from Chief Keel, as in don’t use your personal cell, use staff. It’s harder to trace. And, delete emails, easier to deal with deleted emails, than what is in them!
Old cop saying, “Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6!

major major December 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

“I’ve got this thing and it’s f***ing golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for f***in’ nothing. I’m not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there.”

Now that’s Blago style.

Tom December 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

“That is not even not an option, not something I am considering at all.”

Yeah, right. Lets take a poll on how many people think that was the first thing that crossed her mind when DeMint informed her of his impending resignation. Yea or Nay?

dwb619 December 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm


sweepin December 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

This statement is laughable on its face……..“She would have been putting her political life in his hands,” one Palmetto political operative told FITS.

1) If she cut the deal with McConnell and he agreed to appoint her that would have been good as gold. He couldn’t have done otherwise and maintained any credibility with anyone, friend or foe. Especially friend.

2) Cutting a deal of that magnitude with a rival/enemy is almost a certainty to be upheld.

3) McConnell may be shrewd, he may be ruthless, but he is not a damn liar……not with the move up from Light Gov. to Governor in the equation.

Hasbro December 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm

McConnell’s queer as a three-dollar bill. Runs confederate reenactment games, plays with guns, polishes cannons, other creepy behavior.

Darth December 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm

How ’bout Celestine Parker or Andre? John Steenburger or ol’ Harry tha RINO hunt folks?

south mauldin December 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm


Do you hate Bob McClain as much as I do? He plays shitty intro music, waxes on and on about conspiracy theories and takes two calls a day from that crazy ass Rose.

When he’s not busy kissing Haley’s ass, that is.

Him and Russ Cassell would never have a job in a state/market where intelligence was a factor.

sweepin December 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Never listened to talk radio until last January when I pledged to listen to it for a year while driving in the area. I have kept my word and one year is almost up.

I never realized how many bonafide nuts existed in and around me.

It’s damn scary I tell you. Bobby Mac, Rose, Russ, Rushbo… can one listen to that absurdness every day? No wonder my salesmen talk like such off their rocker fools when they come in each week. They stay mad as hell while spouting that drivel after hearing it.

SparkleCity December 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

I don’t hate them.

But you are right, Both Russ & Bob have their noses so far up Haley’s ass that they should be certified proctocologists(sp?).

You’ve got to realize that they are in it for the money hawking their schtick to scared/unsecure types and selling airtime for old folks homes,gold buying schemes and shit like that.

Kinda ties into what sweepin is posting above. They fill a niche for people who have no where else to go. If liberal talk radio WERE a big hit/money maker, I guarantee you most of these schlubs would become liberal in a New York minute.

It is sad that some people really believe these talk radio “DJ’s” really give a shit about what they are spouting off when they call in. It is kind of like the old howard Cosell days, some watched Howard because they loved to hate him.

I don’t listen to talk radio as much as I used to. It’s the same old shit every every day. The host rants about something or says some sarcastic remark to get the regular crowd listening and it’s always Obama’s fault,etc. And if you pay attention, its the same 5-10 callers (on local talk anyway) every fucking day saying the same thing every day. It is amusing and mildly entertainly at first then it wears on you (me anyway). The faithful/rabid listeners/callers aren’t happy unless they have something to worry/bitch about. In a way that is a good thing(it keeps them occupied).

Remember the old days in the local newspaper? it was the same 2 or 3 cranks who wrote in every week!!! Same with talk radio.

Here’s my own saying/belief on Russ,Bobby,Limpballs types:

“Dont put too much stock in anyone who sits on their ass and talks for a living (DJ’s,news/sports announcers excepted of course)”

I have a portable satellite radio and a docking station so I can move it from car to office. That is what I use most of the time. i still LIKE satellite radio but before the acquisition/merger, I was a RABID supporter of satellit radio in general. Don’t get me started on what a disappointment that has become……

stfu December 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm


Soft Sigh from Hell December 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Michael Haley.

She could do it just to hear the tens of thousands of Republican heads exploding.

Tom December 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

That son of theirs is still not collecting a government check. He’s the only one.

Big Daddy December 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

She might should appoint Vincent Sheehen. Would probably be a smart move because right now, he would beat the crap out of her in an election!!!

Conservative December 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Lord, I so hoped she would appoint herself and be gone forever.

Johnson December 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Nikki needs to resign and cut a deal with McConnell. Her chances of re-election are not great and she can’t mess up as much in Washington. It will look better to have this 2 years in the US Senate in her obituary.

jjevans December 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Alderman Davis.

shifty henry December 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Hmmmmm – she has a sister who can see into the future, and what about her parents (both of them) since they need something to do.

Does she still owe Governor Deal any favors?

Mitt Romney?

shifty henry December 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Man-O-Man…. would I like to hear the shit being discussed tonight and the next few days!

shifty henry December 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

How did this succession business get established?

I’m too weak from laughing to research this.

Uncle Remus December 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I bet she picks Jessie Rogers with the puffy nipples

jjevans December 7, 2012 at 11:18 am


Whatever December 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Ray Tanner for US Senate.

Thomas December 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Just who is this Conventional Wisdom? What is their voting record?

Appointing Glenn McConnell opens up the Pro Temp job for a Haley ally such as Peeler, getting her agenda passed, and paving her way for a second term.

Thomas December 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Ok, Gov Haley can mend fences with the Charleston crowd. Glenn McConnell appointed to the US Senate would do just that. He will eat Mitch McConnell’s lunch. Glenn is a talented tactician and gifted orator. Not only that, he could well be the most vaunted senate parliamentarian in the history of the US Senate. He would be a solid voice for Republicans and a venerated model of how the Senate should be run. He will be the stop against Harry Reid. He will help South Carolina in so many ways. He is the right man for the job. He can run for the seat as the appointee. The deal goes like this: I will appoint Glenn as US Senator if you in Charleston promise to deliver Speaker Harrel to work with Pro Temp Peeler to get my agenda passed for a second term.

We have already seen what a Pro Temp Courson will be like. He is not to be trusted. He would make a good Lt Gov.. Put him to pasture!

In the history of South Carolina politics, appointing Glenn McConnell will be the move of the century. Finally, Sen Peeler can get to be the Pro Temp. Think about it. Lexington County will hold the two most powerful seats in South Carolina. And NO Jakie Knotts!!

This will take some courage. But Governor? Elections matter, and you should do what is right for Charleston, the US Senate, and Lexington County can showcase their political savvy once and for all and not just be fly over country for politicians coming in to work.

Conservative December 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Boy, oh boy, Peeler! He would be in WHORE hoppin heaven. Rumor is He’s had or tried every easy woman in Columbia. Are there any strip joints in Washington?

Johnson December 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I agree with Thomas. Appoint Glenn McConnell. He is THAT good and smart. Having two gay senators may cause some eyebrows to raise up and other religious groups to go belly up, but that’s okay. I like Lindsay and Glenn. They would be a great team for SC.

bob December 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

tom Rice

Jeffy01 December 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm

The FBI investigation team has shifted from Larry Martin, Jake Knotts, Nikki Setzler, Lizard man, Bobby Harrel, everyone in Lexington, everyone in Horry and is now focused on how this decision gets made! Watch out X File fans, it’s going to get good.

Twinkie Ho-Ho December 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I was sure that God would tell her to be senator.

Conservative December 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Why not? She is already a SIN-A-tor!

Richard Nixon December 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm

CARPE JUQULUM…..That is a great thought that PTT Templeton, the greatest state employee, and the salvation of state government… that has ever existed, be the US Senator from South Carolina……OOPS WTF was I thinking…..CAN SHE BE A SENATOR AND STILL WORK FROM FU#$%ING CHARLESTON SC…….WILL CONGRESS LET HER DO THIS LIKE THE WUSSIES IN THE WORTHLESS SC SENATE….. LETS C…..CONGRESS,……..CONGRESS, LIKE THE VOTERS IN SC DESERVE BOTH HALEY AND TEMPLETON… GOD HELP US…..

G GORDON LIDDY December 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm

DICK (YOU’RE NOT DEAD?) – Good to hear from you again.

James Ezell December 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Crazy question. How about some honesty in government and let the people select DeMint’s replacement? Does the constitution allow that? Is that being considered? A special election?

Johnson December 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Let’s wait on the election mess settled and until we can get McBride out of there. Otherwise, just ask Darrell Jackson, Liz Crum, Jean Toal and tricky Dick harpo who they want to be the US Senator because the RC elections office will pick it for you.

MDM December 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm Reply
The Ghost Of Chuck Colson December 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I would walk over my own Mothers grave for Nikki Haley!

shifty henry December 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I do like this photo of Nikki…..

Bluto December 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I’d like to fuck her eyes out. That’s all she’s good for. Amazing she got herself into this position. BTW, where’s Will’s book?

Cancerman December 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm


SJ Wortgood December 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Did someone really write that Glenn McConnell should be a US Senator because he’s a talented tactician who could be the most vaunted parliamentarian in history? If I read that post one more time I’ll no longer be a stranger to the laughing pee.

Carlos December 7, 2012 at 12:25 am

Don’t be fooled. Most of the McConnell posts come from his long-time “political consultant,” Rick Quinn. The rest come from sycophants like his staff and his brother.

Thomas December 7, 2012 at 8:21 am

Yes, he did, me. Glenn has a sharp legal mind that can be used towards applying senate parliamentarian rules and procedures to run circles around the Democrats in the US Senate; to get GOP legislation passed, to use all available tactics to get the GOP agenda passed, to wrest control from Democrats in this particular aspect. Mitch McConnell obviously does not have the team in place to nuance the Democrats into submission. In fact, his style of kickbacks for votes is so 19th century. Do you know that having a US Senator with this ability could change the course of events in that chamber and bring back the Senate to the GOP? For years to come?

For a long term solution to getting legislation passed, to have an expert unmatched in a very important aspect of the US Senate, to have a Senator that will bring the GOP back into the majority for years to come, to have the GOP in a position to run circles around Democrat tacticians and parliamentarians for years to come is how South Carolina’s Governor should use her office to advance Republican Party influence.

There will be many conservative Senators in the next few election cycles to write legislation. We have the rare opportunity to put in the US Senate a man whose unique legal acumen would become a most valuable asset for those Senators to get their bills passed for years to come. By becoming the only GOP senate parliament rules expert alive, and Glenn has this gift of detail and tactics rare in a politician, South Carolina could exert influence for years and years to come. Think amendments and riders! Think Tactics! Think legal maneuvers! Think nuanced and complicated rules and precedent! Think Glenn McConnell!

I know I hit a nerve because only a Democrat would oppose such an idea.

David Kirkpatrick December 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Glenn has HIV-AIDS. He may be Winston Churchill the second but he has one-third the energy of healthy people. A big reason he gladly gave up his senate seat for the slower pace of Lt. Governor.

William F. Buckley, Jr. December 6, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Re: Will’s expose

Progress is continuing – 6 more paragraphs received. Anticipate that Chapter One will be completed approximately 22 weeks.

Crooner December 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

Somebody needs to put a tap on her phone. This is gonna make Blago look like an amateur.

ex-neighbor December 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

Raj should’a used better birth control.


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