Tim Scott’s Team Is Measuring The Drapes

… MEANWHILE HIS CHIEF OF STAFF IS JUMPING INTO THE RACE FOR HIS HOUSE SEAT U.S. Rep. Tim Scott is “99 percent” sure that S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is going to appoint him as the interim replacement for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jim DeMint, sources close to…


U.S. Rep. Tim Scott is “99 percent” sure that S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is going to appoint him as the interim replacement for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jim DeMint, sources close to the first-term Congressman tell FITS.

“It’s his,” our source said, dispelling late speculation that former S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford had emerged as Haley’s favorite for the post.

Sources close to two other members of Haley’s “short list” concurred that Scott had an “air of inevitability” about him over the last 48 hours.

Tim Scott: Senate seat in the bag?

“Either he knows something we don’t or he’s the most presumptuous man I’ve ever met,” one said.

Scott is so confident the Senate seat is his that he is already lining up staff positions – and consultants for his 2014 reelection bid.  He has also reportedly given his current chief of staff, Joe McKeown, the go-ahead to seek the first congressional district seat he would (will?) be vacating if (when?) he gets the nod from Haley.

In fact one of our sources says Scott has already pledged his endorsement to McKeown.

Scott was the early favorite for DeMint’s seat – and has campaigned aggressively over the last week to secure it.  All this despite the fact that the Heritage Foundation – the conservative think tank DeMint is leaving the Senate to run – ranked Scott last among the GOP House delegation for his votes on “conservative policy positions.”

U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan, Mick Mulvaney and Trey Gowdy all rated higher on the Heritage scorecards than Scott – but only Gowdy was included on Haley’s short list, along with Scott, Sanford, former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster and Catherine Templeton, Haley’s friend and director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).

Our D.C. sources say that McKeown has been a driving force behind Scott’s transformation from Tea Party maverick to establishment Republican – pushing him in the direction of the GOP leadership.

McKeown would enter a crowded race for Scott’s seat – should it become open – as S.C. Senator Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley) and State Reps. Chip Limehouse (RINO-Charleston) and Jimmy Merrill (RINO-Daniel Island) have already been making calls to rally support behind their prospective candidacies.

If Scott does wind up getting the nod, it would mean that Haley bowed to the wishes of the national GOP establishment – which has been urging her to support Scott in an effort to combat its “diversity problem.” It would also mean she was willing to forgive Scott for aligning with her longtime enemy – S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell – during their tenure in the S.C. General Assembly.


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Matt December 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Bull shit.

jimlewis,owb December 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Yep, Scott’s petition campaign has really caught on with the voters.

As of 5 minutes ago 521 people had signed his petition.

The Krispy Kreme shop over on Knox Abbott serves that many fucking people in one hour when the Get‘Em While They’re Hot Sign is on.

Blind Ambition December 14, 2012 at 12:09 am

By giving up his recently aquired Ways and Means Committee seat, Tim Scott is proven to be a typical political hack who cares little about his state. SC has not had a Ways and Means Committee member since Carroll Campbell nearly 30 yrs ago and his not likely to have another one anytime soon if Scott jumps to the Senate as expected. Once again South Carolina loses clout and muscle.

JuicyFruit December 14, 2012 at 12:35 am

A real brain trust:

Joe McKeown & Associates

Vice Chairman
Charleston County Council

BS, Journalism
University of South Carolina

Associate Degree in Arts
Trident Technical College

Joe Sux December 14, 2012 at 12:47 am

Hey, it’s better than Joe Wilson. At least Scott is deemed competent.

miller December 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

Bill Clinton – Georgtown University, Yale Law School

Barack Obama – Columbia University, Harvard Law School

Ronald Reagan – Eureka College

willblogformoney December 14, 2012 at 11:29 am

Miller. What a shame how College standards have slipped. You douchbag.

Joe Sux December 14, 2012 at 12:49 am

Joe Wilson isn’t even in the discussion……shows how low he ranks in competence.

Conservative December 14, 2012 at 2:54 am

It only takes about 5 minutes with Joe to realixe what an idiot he is. Roxaanne is no plum as a Congressmans wife either. Both are rough, crude and stupid. An example is how the two bragg about their travels worldwide (on taxpayer dime)and
how many countries they’ve had sex in, like it is something cute and impressive to talk about!
We really can do better.

Saluda Rapids December 14, 2012 at 1:15 am

Does the carpet match the drapes?

Anonymous December 14, 2012 at 1:50 am

Will Folks is a convicted woman beater, convicted of criminal domestic violence in 2005. Google it.

Anonymous December 14, 2012 at 1:52 am

Will Folks is a convicted woman beater, convicted of criminal domestic violence in 2005 for physically beating his girlfriend. Google it.

Anon December 14, 2012 at 1:53 am

Will Folks is a convicted woman beater, convicted of criminal domestic violence in 2005 for physically beating his girlfriend. Google it.

Pickens_989 December 14, 2012 at 8:01 am

Geez, Anon, we get it; you really don’t like Will Folks. But what’s that got to do with the price of tea in China?

Anon December 14, 2012 at 2:20 am

Next time you want to do this shit Folks, give me a call, my number is on your email.

(Columbia) September 28, 2005 – Former gubernatorial spokesman Will Folks has pleaded guilty to criminal domestic violence in a Columbia court.

The 31-year-old Folks was arrested in July and accused of shoving his fiancee, Ashley Smith, into furniture during a heated argument. A week after Folks was arrested, he denied accusations that he shoved her.

Folks received a 30-day suspended sentence, meaning he will avoid jail time as long as he stays out of trouble for the next six months. He also was ordered to attend anger management classes and not to contact his ex-fiance Ashley Smith.

BigT December 14, 2012 at 5:54 am

It’s the safe choice…and politcal suicide if Haley picks any of the other five, at this point.

Also: the process also reveals that Haley may be using the peoples’ office to crusade for more women in politics (but not Conservative women)…

Wish we could just get a GOVERNOR…not a self-serving opportunist…it’s been years…

PS: US Rep. Allen West joined the Racist Black Caucus..and he lost his seat…Scott did NOT join…and will likely be a US Sen…

Conservatives REALLY need to pay close attention to that…

groundbreaking biracial gay marriage-2 sittingsenators from samestate December 14, 2012 at 6:40 am

i dont know about you losers, but i cant wait for the groundbreaking first-ever biracial gay marriage between two sitting senators from the same state. congrats and best of luck you two love birds. and I also cant wait to see barney frank dressed up as the maid of honor. if you cant make to fire island for the ceremony , you can watch it on c-span.

toyota kawaski December 14, 2012 at 8:17 am

and their alleged orentation has what to do with how well they can do the job?

Dan December 14, 2012 at 8:40 am

As a recently converted Republican, I would be proud to have Sen Tim Scott.

HD December 14, 2012 at 9:02 am

I’m not much concerned whether Rep. Scott gets appointed. I simply want to point out that FITS’ comment regarding Scott’s ranking by Heritage, while true, is intentionally misleading. He has an 88% score – hardly the stuff of a wild eyed liberal.

CNSYD December 14, 2012 at 9:27 am


Captain Renault is shocked hear that Sic Willie would intentionally mislead anyone.

Humboldt December 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

Appointing another far-right extremist Republican to further cement South Carolina as no-compromise people will ultimately undermine both. Anything taken to excess is unhealthy — politics, alcohol, food, golf, fishing, gardening, stamp collecting, whatever. With the constantly-increasing portion of the people being minorities, in 20 years they will be the majority and the Republican party will have gone the way of the Whig party. Quaint in retrospect.

Beck December 14, 2012 at 9:53 am

I like Tim Scott. But I gotta say, being BLACK has been a good thing for him.

Frank December 14, 2012 at 9:55 am

Tim Scott has known he would be Senator since the day before the public announcement by Demint. That was the day he pledged his loyalty, and campaign cash, to Hlaley’s political consultant Jon Learner.

Money talks, everything else walks.

Crooner December 14, 2012 at 11:11 am

If you think about it, anyone would be better than Jim Demint.

Other December 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Including you?


Other December 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Sorry about the stolen avatar…unintentional.

Other December 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

hang on…

Saluda Rapids December 14, 2012 at 11:14 am

Both Beck and Frank are correct. Scott “wont’ get this on his own…so STFU Big T.

Funky Chicken December 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm

McKeown is a good man. Only in South Carolina could there be two homosexual Republican Senators. You can’t make that shit up.

Philip Branton December 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm

….all government worker’s (city, county, state, federal and military) start to feel their “watchful” blood …boil..!!

….and Jim Demint…….smiles..

BigT December 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Remember what the democrat party and the Obama Hate Machine did to Herman Cain…

Tim Scott, better watch your back…democrats have a monoploy on Black (they believe)…

They will stop at nothing to take you out….

south mauldin December 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Herman Cain did it to himself. After you said he would be President, of course.

junior justice December 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Here is how Folks resolved his graduation from Anger Management Class:


Ground Zero December 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm

The less competent managers at DHEC are still praying that it is Templeton.

To paraphraze the English monks of Viking times, “From the fury of this Xena release us, O Lord!”

Tetley December 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm

“…it would mean that Haley bowed to the wishes of the national GOP establishment…”

Goll-lee, Will, do ya *think*?

Show of hands… Who believes that this choice is really Nikki Haley’s to make?

C’mon… seriously.


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