That whirring sound is Strom Thurmond spinning in his grave.
S.C. Gov. Haley appoints Rep. Tim Scott to U.S. Senate
Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday her decision to appoint Rep. Tim Scott to succeed Republican Sen. Jim DeMint—a decision she deemed "historic."
Scott, a tea party star, will become the first black Southern senator since the late 1800s. He first won election to the U.S. House in 2010 by beating out Paul Thurmond, son of former segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond, in the Republican primary for South Carolina's 1st District. Upon his appointment, Scott will serve in the seat the elder Thurmond once occupied.