The Senate finally has an African-American member. He is a conservative Republican. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) announced she will appoint Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to the Senate, taking the place of Sen. Jim DeMint, who is leaving to head the Heritage Foundation. Scott is a Tea Party favorite. See Nikki Haley appoints Rep. Tim Scott to Senate.
Meanwhile, the NAACP is expressing “major concern” about the appointment, since Scott is a small-government conservative.