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NAACP criticized by SC congressional candidate Tim Scott

Posted by Richard on July 9, 2010

From South Carolina's FITSNews:

S.C. Rep Tim Scott – the Republican nominee for South Carolina’s first congressional district – took exception Tuesday to a draft resolution from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) that accuses the Tea Party movement of harboring “racist elements.”

The NAACP is expected to approve the resolution this week at its annual meeting in Kansas City.

“I believe that the NAACP is making a grave mistake in stereotyping a diverse group of Americans who care deeply about their country and who contribute their time, energy and resources to make a difference,” Scott said.

Scott is the first African-American Republican to be elected to the S.C. State House since Reconstruction. [apparently, that's incorrect — ed.] If elected in November, he would become the only African-American Republican in the U.S. Congress.  He’s never made a big deal about his ethnicity, though, choosing instead to focus on fiscal policy.  In fact, Scott was one of only a handful of GOP lawmakers in Columbia to earn an “A” grade from the S.C. Club for Growth for his votes to limit taxes and government spending.

His voting record quickly made him a favorite among Tea Party activists searching for true fiscal conservatives within the GOP ranks.

Tim Scott (campaign website) is running in the congressional district where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. In the primary election, he defeated Gov. Carroll Campbell's son. In the runoff, he trounced Sen. Strom Thurmond's son, getting 68% of the vote. He's expected to easily defeat a weak Democrat.

Scott is one of three state legislators who joined forces to put a measure on the ballot that would amend the state constitution to block parts of Obamacare, including the individual mandate.

Scott's statement went on to say: 

As I campaign in South Carolina, I participate in numerous events sponsored by the Tea Party, 9/12, Patriot, and other like-minded groups, and I have had the opportunity to get to know many of the men and women who make up these energetic grassroots organizations.  Americans need to know that the Tea Party is a color-blind movement that has principled differences with many of the leaders in Washington, both Democrats and Republicans.

Their aim is to support the strongest candidates – regardless of color or background – who will fight to return our country to its Constitutional roots of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets.

Between Tim Scott, Gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, and a bunch of upstart, reform-minded legislative candidates (five out of fifteen Republican incumbents were defeated in the primaries, and some others chose to retire), it's clear that change has swept through the South Carolina GOP — and seems poised to sweep through the state. 

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