SC Gov. Haley says no to ‘placeholder’ appointee to DeMint’s seat

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Tuesday rejected the idea of appointing a “placeholder” to temporarily fill the Jim DeMint’s soon to be vacant Senate seat until an election can be held in 2014.

The statement has increased speculation that she would appoint Rep. Tim Scott to the seat, though no such decision has been announced.

Her statement reads:

“As I continue to consider the impending U.S. Senate vacancy, many have discussed the possibility of a ‘placeholder’ appointee who would pledge to serve for only two years and not seek election to the seat in 2014. While there are some good arguments in favor of that approach, I believe the better case is against it.

“I do not want to tie the next U.S. Senator from South Carolina’s hands regarding future office. I do not want to deprive our state’s citizens of the chance to render their judgment on the appointee’s performance by way of their vote. Most importantly, while I am an avid supporter of term limits, I do not want the effectiveness of our state’s new U.S. Senator to be undermined by the fact that he or she will automatically be leaving the office such a very short time after assuming it.

“I believe South Carolina will be best served by a U.S. Senator who will work hard day in and day out, and put him or herself before the voters at the soonest possible time.  Accordingly, I reject the option of a ‘placeholder.’”

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