Scott is a Black Republican in a Red state…..
His uneasiness is shared by more and more Republicans everyday….
In three years, Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott will be up for reelection in South Carolina, but he will also be facing something else: his last political run.
During The Post and Courier’s “Pints and Politics” event Thursday, Scott announced he had no interest in running for political office after 2022.
“I plan to run for reelection, but that will be my last one, if I run,” Scott said, eliciting gasps and a few claps from the audience of more than 250 people.
Asked if he had interest in running for governor, a frequent political question posed to Scott due to his appeal among the GOP, the senator replied with a straightforward, “No.”
Scott’s announcement is in line with an early promise he made in 2014, shortly after he took the oath of office on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
At the time, Scott told reporters from his home state that he favored term limits and would impose one on himself. He promised to finish out the final two years of former Sen. Jim DeMint’s term and then hoped to be reelected to two, full six-year terms.
But in the context of modern Southern political history, Scott’s decision to limit his time in Congress is an unusual move.
“The typical move by Southern members of Congress, especially in the 20th century, was to get in early, stay in for a long time, get a prestigious committee assignment, and then get seniority so that you can have an impact,”….
image….U.S. Sen. Tim Scott meets with members of the community after participating in the The Post and Courier’s third Pints & Politics event at Baker and Brewer Thursday August 8, 2019, in Charleston. Gavin McIntyre/ Staff