Nikki Haley will not appoint 'placeholder' to US Senate; Speculation grows

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced on Twitter and Facebook that she will not appoint a “placeholder” to serve in the Senate for only two years. Here is her full statement:

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.’

Haley’s rejection of a ‘placeholder’ appointee has Twitter abuzz with speculation about what her statement really means.

Congressman Tim Scott and former South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster have been viewed as the favorites to receive the appointment since Senator Jim DeMint announced his resignation last week. But, don’t forget about the wildcard.

Twitchy has covered that nonsense. Then, there’s this:

Interesting! Twitchy will be on top of this story.

  • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    ok, colbert has every right to be a senator by popular vote; but as far as i know haley has to appoint a person from the same party. and everyone knows he aint a republican

    • Jerome Goolsby

      She doesn’t have to….usually such appointments come from the same party as the governor.

      • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

        so the new senator is not necessarily of the same party as the old senator (at least in SC)?
        even though that seat was won by Tea party-Republican ideals, it can be changed in favor of an independent, third party or democrat?
        ….. that’s just wrong

  • detroit19

    Colbert? Seriously?!

  • Finrod Felagund

    Tim Scott, Nikki! Please!

  • Maggie Mae

    Nikki Haley will appoint someone that will strategically help her get reelected in 2014