South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has released a statement saying that she doesn't want a temporary placeholder to take Jim DeMint's vacant Senate seat. That sounds like Haley is looking for someone a bit more permanent, like presumed frontrunner Rep. Tim Scott, whose district she'll be visiting for a press conference tomorrow. Haley released a statement this afternoon rejecting that temp idea. "[M]any 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," she wrote. That essentially means she's looking for someone a bit more permanent, and to pundits and journalists that means Rep. Tim Scott. ABC News's Amy Walter tweeted:
And Slate's Dave Weigel:
So, Tim Scott then RT @peterhambycnn: Statement from Nikki Haley says she will NOT appoint a placeholder Senator to replace Jim DeMint— daveweigel (@daveweigel) December 10, 2012
And there this maybe-purely-coincidental-but-maybe-not event on Haley's schedule tomorrow:
Nikki Haley holding presser tomorrow in Rep. Tim Scott's district. Hmmm....— Scott Keyes (@smkeyes) December 10, 2012
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