Scott on ‘F’ Grade from NAACP: ‘It’s Because I Believe That Progress Has to be Made’

Bridget Johnson
PJ Media
11/6/2014

The first African-American senator to be elected from the South since reconstruction made dual history Tuesday as Tim Scott (R-S.C.) won the seat to which he was appointed after Jim DeMint’s retirement.

Scott is also the first black senator to be elected in both the House and the Senate.

“South Carolina voters vote their values and their issues and not my complexion. This is a great sign for what’s happening throughout the south. But certainly, a fantastic sign for the evolution that has occurred in South Carolina,” Scott told MSNBC this morning.

His win versus Democrat Joyce Dickerson was overwhelming: 61 percent to 37 percent.

Scott, who has long promoted his “opportunity agenda,” said one of his focuses now will be school choice…

…“I will tell you that if I have an F on the NAACP’s scorecard, it’s because I believe that progress has to be made, and the government is not the answer for progress.”

Scott’s score from the NAACP was 11 percent for 2013, while his South Carolina colleague Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) got 25 percent. Lawmakers were scored on whether they voted with the official NAACP position…

…There was no NAACP statement on Scott’s historic victory.

 

 

Read the complete article at PJ Media.

 

Also at the site, Maxine Waters Got a Wake-Up Call from a Young GOP Challenger  (video)

…Wood knows the district and its challenges. He was born in Inglewood (like me); his wife was born in Watts. NRO noted that he’s “media-untrained” yet through the campaign has become “notably more polished…aggressively hitting churches and community groups around the district.”…

 

 

Related: RNC Spokesman Slams NAACP for ‘Unacceptable’ Conduct He Says Proves ‘How Out of Date They Are’

A spokesman for the Republican National Committee turned to Twitter Thursday evening to slam the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for seemingly failing to congratulate Republicans Tim Scott and Mia Love on their historic midterm election wins Tuesday.

“Can we take a moment to understand how the @NAACP didn’t congratulate the first black person ever elected to both the House and Senate?” RNC deputy press secretary Raffi Williams tweeted, adding that the group is “failing the black community by only supporting Dems.”

 

 

11 to Watch: Meet the New Crop of Tea Party Conservatives in Congress

The incoming wave of Republicans who will shake up Washington’s political landscape includes some tea party candidates who promise to promote an agenda based on conservative principles such as limited government, traditional American values and a strong national defense.

For those who’d like to get to know these fresh faces, The Daily Signal created a roundup of the newest tea party favorites in the House and Senate…

 

 
Update: Tim Scott Schools Thomas Roberts: Key To Future is Freedom, Not Government (video)

If Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina isn’t already on 2016 GOP VP shortlists, perhaps he should be. His appearance on today’s Morning Joe could hardly have been a more impressive audition.

When Scott expressed his concern for kids growing up in poverty, Roberts equated such concern with supporting a laundry list of liberal agenda items, implictly faulting Scott for his opposition to them. Scott responded by taking Roberts to school in an entirely undefensive manner. He reminded Roberts that 40 years of Dem congressional rule and a bigger-than-ever government, actually led to a significant increase in black poverty. Individual freedom, economic opportunity and education–not more government programs–are the keys to progress, explained Scott.

If you haven’t seen much of Scott in action, I’d encourage you to view the video [at the link]. His is the calm voice of the American Dream. We need to see more of him.

 

 

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