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Tom Davis: Haley Should Appoint Mick Mulvaney




The leading fiscal conservative in the S.C. General Assembly is urging Gov. Nikki Haley to name U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (above) as interim United States Senator.

S.C. Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) also took his name out of consideration for the seat – which is being vacated by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

“We need someone in DC right now to replace Jim DeMint who has been immersed in the fiscal-cliff debate and could hit the ground running, and Rep. Mick Mulvaney is way more up-to-speed on that issue than I am,” Davis wrote on his Facebook page.  “Going to DC would also require me to drop all of the bills I have been working on for the 2013 state legislative session, and I can’t in good conscience do that.  Bottom line, I can make more of a difference right now in Columbia, working to make South Carolina the freest state in the nation, and Mick is better suited to fight the battle in DC.  Please give him your support.”

Mulvaney’s office was not immediately available for comment.

Most believe that Haley will name U.S. Rep. Tim Scott to the post.  In fact Scott appears to be mounting an aggressive campaign aimed at getting Haley to do just that.  Also, sources tell FITS that Haley’s political consultant Jon Lerner is urging the governor to select Scott in an effort to give some upward mobility to her sagging poll numbers.

Haley has said that she will “appoint a person who has the same philosophy of government that Jim DeMint and I share.”

Wait … what?

Really, Nikki?  Jim DeMint is a fiscal conservative God – an uncompromising, unapologetic supporter of freedom and free markets.  Haley on the other hand is a big-spending crony capitalist of the worst sort – an opportunistic hypocrite who ran as a Tea Partier but shed those beliefs faster than a pair of her favorite black boy shorts.

Their philosophies on government couldn’t be more different, in other words …

Anyway, we maintain that it is highly unlikely Haley will name a true fiscal conservative to this post – but if she were to decide to do so, Mulvaney would make an excellent choice.