The South Carolina Democratic Party responded to Rep. Tim Scott's (R) appointment to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Nikki Haley (R) Monday. Jaime Harrison, the party's first vice chair, called on Scott to join the call for a conversation about gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting. His full statement:
We would like to congratulate Senator Tim Scott on his historic appointment to the US Senate. We look forward to seeing Senator Scott's decisions on legislation that will affect the people of South Carolina on a daily basis. We need to make sure our leaders help middle class families, educate our young people and continue to make sure that healthcare is affordable and available. Finally, in the wake of the shooting in Connecticut we hope that Senator Scott will follow the President's lead in realizing the necessity in developing ways to make sure the mentally ill are able to receive the correct healthcare and firearms don't end up in the hands of dangerous individuals.
Senator Scott has a big decision to make. Will he choose to be a statesman, fighting for the best interests of all South Carolinians or will he follow the model of Jim DeMint, allowing political ideology to trump constituent needs? Senator Scott, the South Carolina Democratic Party and the people of this great state will be watching and awaiting your decision.