DeMint resignation to fuel Senate feeding frenzy in 2014

The announcement by Senator Jim DeMint to step down from his Senate seat early is bound to make the 2014 election cycle a circus in South Carolina.

The decision by the Senator to accept the job to replace outgoing Heritage Foundation President Ed Fuelner only halfway surprised some. A lot of politicos we talked with recently figured he'd seek some role to stay in national politics once he left the Senate, but nobody expected him leave the Senate with four years left in his second term.

This opens up two cans of worms: first in appointing a replacement Senator to fill in until the 2014 election, and then by setting up a two-seat Senate race for the 2014 cycle, to elect a replacement for the remainder of DeMint's term, along with the regular race for Graham's seat.

With the holiday season upon us, the appointment process will be interesting to watch.

Already talk is circulating about a number of appointment prospects, including former AG and SCGOP Chair Henry McMaster, who ran for the Senate in 1986, as well as Congressmen Mick Mulvaney and Tim Scott, both of who have been mentioned as prospects for DeMint's seat in 2016.

It's interesting to note that South Carolina appointed Senators have a history of never going on to serve full-terms, being rejected in their quests to return to Washington with voter support. Even though these took place in the pre-Civil Rights days when South Carolina's political landscape was run by Democratic machines, it will be interesting to see if/how voters will accept an appointee. 

Hang on to your hats, folks, this could get strange real soon. 

5 Response to "DeMint resignation to fuel Senate feeding frenzy in 2014"

  1. Anonymous 6/12/12 10:56
    And the Gov herself
  2. west_rhino 6/12/12 16:53
    Charlie Condon would make a damn fine senator.
  3. west_rhino 6/12/12 16:53
    BTW is Mike Reino available?
  4. Anonymous 6/12/12 20:28
    Lets get serious. Jim Clyburn is the man.
  5. Anonymous 8/12/12 21:32
    Karen Floyd.

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