South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley appointed Rep. Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate today Dec. 17, 2012, to replace Senator Jim DeMint who recently announced that he is leaving the Senate to run the right wing think tank, The Heritage Foundation.
Rep. Scott is a strong supporter of guns and the NRA; he recently co-sponsored legislation in the House of Representatives that would prevent law enforcement from tracking purchases of multiple rifles and guns.
On Scott’s congressional website, he says that the right to own guns is a “cornerstone of our democracy.” He continues: “the federal government should never interfere with this right.”
Rep. Scott has also proposed legislation that would endanger children in order to attack American workers; he proposed a bill to cut off food stamps for entire families if one member went on strike. Scott’s legislation made no exception for children or other dependents.
As a state representative, Scott backed a proposal to cut the state’s entire HIV/AIDS budget, despite the fact that South Carolina ranks in the top-third of reported AIDS cases. The cuts were ultimately included in the state’s budget, impacting more than 2,000 HIV-positive South Carolinians who needed help paying for their medication.
When Scott was on the Charleston County Council, one of his primary issues was displaying the Ten Commandments outside the Council building. According to the Augusta Chronicle, Scott said the display “would remind council members and speakers the moral absolutes they should follow.” When he was sued for violating the Constitution and a Circuit Judge’s orders, Scott was nonplussed: “Whatever it costs in the pursuit of this goal (of displaying the Commandments) is worth it.”
Rep. Tim Scott was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 with the support of the right wing Tea Party. Scott will be the first African American Republican to serve in the Senate since 1979 and the first in the South since the Reconstruction era.
The newly appointed Senator is a right wing extremist and he will fit in nicely with all the other right wing extremists in the U.S. Senate and will undoubtedly pick up where Sen. Jim DeMint left off.
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