Governor Nikki Haley has chosen Rep. Tim Scott as the replacement for Jim DeMint. While I do not agree with Scott’s political stance it is quite an accomplishment for a black man to sit in the hallowed halls of the Senate. This is a noteworthy accomplishment.
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WASHINGTON — “Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced this morning that former Birmingham congressman Artur Davis would be a member of his new Black Leadership Council. Davis, who represented Alabama’s 7th District for eight years as a Democrat, recently switched parties and endorsed Romney. The council “will help facilitate dialogue between Mitt Romney and respected leaders who provide unique expertise, experience and knowledge on a range of issues impacting black American communities,” according to the campaign announcement. “I am proud to have the endorsements of so many leaders in the black community,” Romney said in a prepared statement from the campaign. “They know all too well that the economic downturn that has continued to hammer our country has been even more devastating for black Americans. Together, we will work to end that downturn, and we will not rest until all Americans have the jobs they need, the quality education they are owed, and the opportunities they deserve.” The chairs of the national council are U.S. Reps. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Allen West of Florida, and Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. Davis is one of 18 other council members.”*
The question is will this group be able to bring more blacks into the Romney fold? Share your thoughts. *http://blog.al.com/sweethome/2012/09/artur_davis_named_to_mitt_romn.html
In a statement released yesterday Tim Scott said, “While I recognize the efforts of the CBC and appreciate their invitation for me to caucus with them, I will not be joining at this time,” Scott said. “My campaign was never about race.” Scott went on to say “The black community, like all communities, will benefit when businesses can use their profits to hire more workers instead of paying higher taxes,” he said. “Reducing the tax burden, decreasing government interference in the private sector, and restoring fiscal responsibility, and I don’t think those ideals are advanced by focusing on one group of people.” So what do you think? Is this the right decision? Couldn’t he have brought a diverse voice to the CBC or do you think he would have been drowned out?
Allen West and Tim Scott are black freshman Congressman coming to Washington in January. They were both supported by the Tea Party so we can safely say they have a more conservative mindset than the other members of the Black Caucus. Allen West says he intends on joining at this point Scott is still undecided. West says “I’m not gonna ask for permission or whatever,” he said. “I think I meet all of the criteria and it’s so important that we break down this ‘monolithic voice’ that continues to talk about victimization and dependency in the black community.” Chairman Barbara Lee says they are both welcome to join. I think it will be interesting to have some diveristy in the conversation. Will the presence of West and Scott be a good thing? Tell me what you think.