Senator Tim Scott will vote against President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, virtually erasing the possibility of a Senate panel approving the nomination.
A vote this month in South Carolina could position Tim Scott to become the first black Republican in Congress in eight years. Standing in his way: a son of the late Strom Thurmond , the U.S. senator from the state who was once one of America’s foremost segregationists.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is single-handedly diversifying the Republican Party. Haley, an Indian-American, just appointed Representative Tim Scott to replace the state's departing senator, Jim DeMint. Scott will be the only black in the Senate. And South Carolina will have an Indian woman in the governor's office and a black senator. That's remarkable.
Nikki Haley ’s victory in a South Carolina primary runoff yesterday positioned the Indian-American to become the first woman governor of the state, where voters also are poised to elect their first black Republican to the U.S. Congress in more than a century.