Haley won't appoint herself to DeMint seat

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Friday said she will not appoint herself as replacement for Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) or run for his seat in 2014.

"I want to make two things clear from the outset," Haley said in a statement. "Number one, I will not take the appointment myself. Number two, I will appoint a person who has the same philosophy of government that Jim DeMint and I share."

DeMint on Thursday announced he will resign from the Senate in January to become president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

The South Carolina governor must appoint someone to serve in DeMint’s place until 2014, when a special election will be held to fill the seat. Haley said she would quickly make the decision about whom to appoint “in a manner that is thoughtful and dignified.”

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Haley's office also shot down speculation that the governor might run for the seat in 2014 after making the appointment. 

"The governor will not run for the Senate in 2014. She absolutely loves the job she has,” Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey wrote in an email to The Hill on Friday. 

Patch.com first reported that Haley would not run in 2014. 

Speculation is rampant about whom Haley might appoint to replace DeMint. Reps. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) have been mentioned as possible candidates, along with other prominent political figures in South Carolina.

Sources in South Carolina said DeMint has made it known that he would like Scott, another prominent Tea Party voice, to be his successor.

This story was last updated at 3:58 p.m.


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