Outgoing U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint said this morning he is not pressuring Gov. Nikki Haley “in any way” regarding who she appoints to replace him, but he hopes she looks to one of the state’s current Congressmen.
DeMint also told WSC’s Kelly Golden that he expects Haley will announce her choice today.
After he made his decision last week to retire from the Senate next month to lead the nonprofit Heritage Foundation, numerous reports said DeMint wanted to see U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., to replace him, though DeMint has denied that.
DeMint said today he trusts Haley to make the pick, calling her “a movement conservative.”
DeMint said he called Haley to tell her he was resigning, adding, “I’ve not called her since, and I’m not pressuring her in any way. ... I’m convinced we share the same philosophy. We have a great Congressional delegation, and I hope she looks at those folks.”
U.S. Reps. Scott and Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster, Department of Health and Environmental Control director Catherine Templeton and former S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford are on Haley’s short list, announced this week.
She has said she won’t drag out the process of vetting them and making her choice.
“We’ll probably hear today who that is,” DeMint said. “I’m convinced that is a person who is as good or better than Jim DeMint.”
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