|Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)|
South Carolina law dictates that the governor shall appoint a replacement. That means the task falls to Gov. Nikki Haley. She posted the following on her Facebook page about how she will approach making her choice:
Nothing about that statement should be surprising to anyone. She's the governor, she's Republican and to think she would appoint someone who was not Republican or of like mind would be naive. Here's what stands out: "I will appoint a person who has the same philosophy of government that Jim DeMint and I share." First, if Jim DeMint wants to ensure someone who shares his philosophy is in the seat, he should stay. I am not a fan of DeMint's politics but he was elected by a majority of South Carolina voters.
Second, despite what the law dictates, one person should not be able to make this kind of choice for the entire electorate. That said, if I were in Haley's position, I would look for someone who is willing to serve until the next general election (2014) but has no desire or intention to run for the seat in that election. We all know what the power of incumbency can mean for a candidate. Elected incumbency is one thing. Appointed incumbency is an entirely different thing. That kind of power should not be allowed to taint the election to fill out Sen. DeMint's uncompleted term.
|(L-R) Henry McMaster, Rep. Tim Scott, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Mark Sanford|
What do you think?