Nikki Haley: Tim Scott ‘earned this seat’

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) officially appointed Rep. Tim Scott (R) to the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jim DeMint (R). 

"It is important to me, as a minority female, that Congressman Scott earned this seat," Haley said. "He earned this seat for the person that he is. He earned this seat with the results he has shown." Scott will be the only African American in the Senate and the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction.Haley added, "I have no doubt that he will fly through 2014."

DeMint himself said that Scott would be "better than I am" and would carry the cause for freedom and opportunity "in a way that I couldn't do."

Scott thanked Haley, DeMint, his colleagues, a former boss at Chick-fil-a, and most importantly, his mother. 

"I am thankful for a strong mom that understood that love sometimes comes at the end of a switch,” he said.  

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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