Who Will Replace Jim DeMint as US Senator?

With the man ABC news calls the “Godfather of the (Conservative) Movement” moving on to take the head post at the Heritage Foundation, who will take his U. S. Senate seat?  As KCC reported earlier, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will leave that body in January to lead what many call the top conservative think tank in the nation.

Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) is the top candidate to replace Sen. Jim DeMint

It appears that popular Congressman Tim Scott, a Republican from Myrtle Beach would be the first choice of conservatives.  If you attended the North Carolina Republican Party state convention in 2011, you heard Scott speak.

South Carolina blogger Earl Capps called the situation a “feeding frenzy”. Capps also notes that Scott and fellow Congressman Mick Mulvaney have been considered in the running for the job in 2014.

According to the Washington Wire, disgraced former Governor Mark Sanford, is rumored to be interested in a comeback.  It may be hard to believe that the man who lied to his staff and family about his whereabouts, would consider a comeback.  He eventually came clean that he was having an affair with a woman in Argentina.

UPDATE :  According to Katie Pavlich, writing for Townhall’s Tipsheet,  Sen. DeMint has announced that HE wants to be replaced by Tim Scott.  She references The Hill:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has made it known in South Carolina that he wants Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to replace him in the Senate, two state Republican sources tell The Hill.

The sources, requesting anonymity to speak candidly, say Scott is DeMint’s preference for the seat, though the final decision will be Gov. Nikki Haley’s (R). She will appoint someone to serve in DeMint’s place after he officially resigns from the Senate to take over the conservative Heritage Foundation in January. An election for the seat will then be held in 2014 for the remaining two years of the term.

One Response to “Who Will Replace Jim DeMint as US Senator?”

  • Zed:

    I have a good friend Bob Menges who has spoken to governor Haley about taking the spot. He’s a strong conservative and has a spectacular grasp of our constitution. My primary rational for nominating an underdog like Menges, aside from him doing a great job, is that Tim Scott sits on a number of very important committees and we don’t want to risk losing his good conservative vote on them.