Despite a PPP survey that found Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert to be the most-preferred candidate to replace resigning Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced this afternoon that she has no intention to appoint a placeholder.
In an official press statement, Haley said:
“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.’”
Aside from Colbert’s comedic lobbying for the placeholder seat, other potential appointee names included Rep. Tim Scott, Rep. Trey Gowdy, former state Attorney General Henry McMaster, and former First Lady of South Carolina Jenny Sanford.
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