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Lowcountry Legislators Eye Rep. Tim Scott's Seat

While awaiting on Sen. Jim DeMint's successor to be appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley, at least two Charleston area legislators express interest in running for Congressional District 1.

As Dorchester County and Summerville politicians participated in the Summerville Christmas Parade Sunday, a Mount Pleasant legislator was out shaking hands among the crowd. 

State Rep. Chip Limehouse smiled broadly. The Republican was in what he called home territory and said he's often at Summerville events. But he's also eyeing Congressman Tim Scott's seat that could become vacant if the tea party congressional star is nabbed for Gov. Nikki Haley's appointment to U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint's seat. And while Summerville isn't in Limehouse's state house district, it is in Scott's Congressional District 1.

"There's speculation that Gov. Haley may pick Tim Scott to fill the vacancy," Limehouse said. "It's not premature. It's just a good thing regardless of whether the race occurs or not ... If that occurs I will definitely be strongly considering entering the race. At this point, all I can say is that I hope Tim Scott gets picked by the governor."

A special election would be required to fill the Congressional seat. But Limehouse isn't the only politician waiting to see who the governor appoints. S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Goose Creek, has also expressed interest in seeking Scott's seat.

"I definitely would give it a hard look," Grooms said. "It's just premature talk right now."

The legislator formed an exploratory committee in 2000 for the seat, but decided against running. 

Grooms said there are probably a dozen other candidates who will want to enter a race for District 1. 

Henry Turner December 12, 2012 at 08:40 PM
We can do better than Limehouse or Grooms. Plenty of good, smart, young elected officials in Charleston area to vie for this seat.
SDR December 13, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I am neutral on Grooms but Limehouse...jeez!
stanley seigler December 13, 2012 at 05:43 AM
it wont happen, but it would raise SC national standing if jim cluburn or joe riley were appointed...
Gretchen December 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM
JIM CYBURN ???????? OMG ! ! That would be a disaster. All he seems to be good at is stirring up racial hatred.
reg December 13, 2012 at 02:27 PM
For example? Can you tell us what "racial hatred" Clyburn has stirred up? Examples, please! (And since he's already the congressional representative in another district, he won't run for this district -- you can lay off the meds, gretchen)
stanley seigler December 13, 2012 at 04:13 PM
re: Examples, please! examples would be interesting...and perhaps this will the time requested examples/references are provided... know there's not a snowball chance in hell he would be appointed...but in a bi-partisan world clyburn is the most qualified, most experienced, of those mentioned here...
SDR December 13, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Re: Clyburn http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2012/nov/20/picket-clyburn-says-calling-amb-susan-rice-incompe/ Thanks for reminding us about the selective memory of the liberal.
m December 13, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Riley?? what a joke that would be. He would spend his first week in DC trying to change the name of the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the White House to his name. He would tell us how great he is. He wouldn't mention the fiasco of the Sofa Super Store fire. He should have accepted some responsilbilty for that. Then we would start spending tax dollars as fast as he can get his hands on them....oh wait, the current admin does that. They spend it before they get it. It's past time for some new blood instead of the same old people year after year staying in office.Clyburn is racially divisive. I don't find him the most qualified or the most experienced in trying to do what's best for ALL the people.
reg December 13, 2012 at 05:31 PM
aahhh..............so him pointing out his experience when he said "these kinds of terms that those of us, especially those of us who were grown and raised in the South, we would hear these little words and phrases all of our lives" makes Clyburn racist, in your opinion? Of course, you're completely relying on the interpretation of a so-called newspaper of the Rev. Moon empire that consistently promotes "articles" on that topic: https://www.google.com/search?q=washington+times+racism&rlz=1C1LENN_enUS499US499&oq=washington+times+racism&aqs=chrome.0.57j60j0l3j62.9620&sugexp=chrome,mod=13&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
SDR December 13, 2012 at 07:03 PM
So the Washingto Times uses the word racism frequently? How else does one cover Democrats? Edit the word out? What a maroon
stanley seigler December 13, 2012 at 07:32 PM
guess you infer stanley forgot clyburn depicting mccain's 'rice incompetent' remark as racist...FYI, i was/am fully aware of clyburn's comment... you see this as stirring up racism??!! i dont. if this is your best example of clyburn stirring up racism...then; in my opine: 'All he seems to be good at is stirring up racial hatred'... is just another wild-a statement...a baseless opine...butbutt; while on racism and one's selective memory...GOPs shouldn't have to be reminded of the GOP unmistakable, racist, tactics since the 50s and 60s as epitomized by lee atwater (good old SC 'boy')...eg: CLIP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Atwater Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, "N-word, n-word, n-word." By 1968 you can't say "n-word" — that hurts you...So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff [code words]...You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "N-word, n-word." [end clip]
Greg Adams December 13, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Here you go Reg: http://thyblackman.com/2012/11/28/susan-rice-james-clyburn-yes-democratic-republican-racial-hypocrisy/ http://www.fitsnews.com/2012/12/05/jim-clyburn-its-racial-again/ http://exposethemedia.com/2012/01/23/clyburn-newt-won-sc-because-of-racist-code-words-to-tea-party-base/ http://thyblackman.com/2012/11/28/susan-rice-james-clyburn-yes-democratic-republican-racial-hypocrisy/ http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/11/20/clyburn-incompetent-is-racist-code-language-now/ http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/congressman-clyburn-wants-to-restrict-free-speech-and-gun-rights-do-you/question-1438915/ Do you need more? I have a whole folder on Jim Clyburn
reg December 13, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Let's take a look at your sources: FITS, which is operated by the guy who was a Sanford staffer and who signed sworn documents saying he slept with Nikki Haley; PJ Media, which (when it's not reporting on the Tea Party) regularly provides its research that claims there was no Holocaust; Exposethemedia, which tries to block its registration from public viewing so no one can see who operates it, but turns out to be operated by the same group that does a "whites unite" site (and both of them say the prez is a member of al qaeda); thyblackman, the address of which is owned by a white man, and which doesn't post anything but divisive racial articles -- started in Feb 2010 to jump on the elections that year, and also with a declared goal to try swoon black reporters away from the UNITY Journalists group; and an individual commentary on sodahead from a guy who calls himself "FanOReilly" - your link shows commentary that because Clyburn was in support of the Fairness Doctrine (which supports unbiased media), FanOReilly thinks that means he's racist, wants to take away your right to free speech, and want to take away your right to own a gun, too. Gee, Greggy - is this all you got? If you use these as supportive evidence, you're actually defending my statement!!
stanley seigler December 13, 2012 at 11:35 PM
re: Riley?? what a joke that would be ... weel guess 'm' believes the people of chas are not too bright (elected riley to 10th term)...anyway another opine of joe riley: [CLIP] Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in America. First elected Mayor in December 1975, Mayor Riley is serving an unprecedented tenth term. Under his leadership, Charleston has increased its commitment to racial harmony...etcetc [end clip] re: Clyburn is racially divisive. I don't find him the most qualified or the most experienced in trying to do what's best for ALL the people. this basically the opine of SC white folks...nationally he is a respected, most qualified, experienced, congressional leader...
stanley seigler December 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM
some CLIPS from Greg Adams' sources 1. I don’t disagree with James Clyburn entirely: We know that Republicans don’t tend to like black people unless they are working for them on their front porch. 2. “BITCH BETTA CHECK HISSELF” [speaks volumes to the validity of this source] 3. And still today, holds people of ALL races down. It’s called the Democrat voter base and Occupy Wall Street. 4. [a repeat of #1] 5. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., told CNN on Tuesday that some Republican claims that Rice is “incompetent” may be racial in nature...Rice has been criticized, for your information David Jackson of USA Today, because she said things about a deadly terrorist attack that were not true 6. Rep Clyburn is a morally bankrupt individual. He wants to infringe upon the bill of rights, especially the 1st and 2nd amendments. there is absolutely nothing in the sources that would lead any reasonably intelligent person to conclude: 'All he [clyburn] seems to be good at is stirring up racial hatred'...' the tone and vitriolic hype of the sources is just more of the samoldsameold BO-hater rhetoric...actually two (#1 and #4) agree w/ clyburn. lost in all the distractions is the fact clyburn agreed rice was wrong...he was just offended by mccain (finished 5th from bottom of his naval academy class) calling rice (a rhodes scholar) incompetent.
SCGOP843 December 18, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Larry Grooms would make a great congressman. Grooms is a Conservative Reformer!!!

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