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SC Governor Haley: No ‘Placeholder’ in Senate


South Carolina governor Nikki Haley just released the following statement regarding the process of filling the vacancy created by U.S. Senator Jim DeMint’s retirement:

As I continue to consider the impending U.S. Senate vacancy, many 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.

I do not want to tie the next U.S. Senator from South Carolina’s hands regarding future office. I do not want to deprive our state’s citizens of the chance to render their judgment on the appointee’s performance by way of their vote. Most importantly, while I am an avid supporter of term limits, I do not want the effectiveness of our state’s new U.S. Senator to be undermined by the fact that he or she will automatically be leaving the office such a very short time after assuming it.

I believe South Carolina will be best served by a U.S. Senator who will work hard day in and day out, and put him or herself before the voters at the soonest possible time.  Accordingly, I reject the option of a “placeholder.”

Former state attorney general Henry McMaster was most often mentioned as a potential “placeholder” candidate; of course, it’s still entirely possible Haley will appoint him. All her statement above indicates is that her pick is probably going to run for reelection in 2014.

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