Rand Paul Opinion: Rep. Tim Scott Right Pick for SenateSubmitted by stu2002 on Wed, 12/19/2012 - 09:00
by Rand Paul
I’m excited that I will have the opportunity to work with Rep. Tim Scott in the U.S. Senate. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made a fine selection in choosing Mr. Scott to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, a conservative champion and my friend.
As he’s not only the first black senator from his state but the first from the South since the 19th century, Mr. Scott’s arrival will be a milestone for South Carolina and the nation. It also will be a milestone for the U.S. Senate, as Mr. Scott becomes the seventh black to serve in that body — four of whom were Republicans.
Hiram Revels, the first black senator, was a Republican from Mississippi. Interestingly, Democrats in the Senate opposed seating him. For days, the public watched and the Democrats stalled, arguing that the 1857 Dred Scott decision had ruled people of African ancestry were not citizens and therefore were not covered by the 14th Amendment. Republicans from the beginning fought first for emancipation, then citizenship, then voting rights and finally against the Jim Crow laws of the South.
Tim Scott’s appointment is a shining example of the 150-year history of the Republican Party championing an equal role for all individuals regardless of race.
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