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Tim Scott

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U.S. Senator

The Resume

    (September 19, 1965- )
    Born in North Charleston, South Carolina
    Birth name is Timothy Eugene Scott
    Former insurance salesman and real estate developer
    Served on the Charleston County Council (1996-2008)
    Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives representing D-117 (2009-11)
    Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina's 1st district (2011-13)
    Appointed Senator by Governor Nikki Haley after the resignation of Senator Jim DeMint (January 2, 2013)
    Ran in the special election for the final two years of DeMint's term, successfully retaining his Senate seat (November 2014)
    First black Republican elected to the United States Senate since the defeat of Ed Brooke in 1979
    First African-American elected Senator from the South since 1881, during post-Civil War Reconstruction

Why he might be annoying:

    He is single, with his relationships inspiring tabloid-style coverage on Capitol Hill.
    He claimed his childhood mentor was an Evangelical manager at a Chick-fil-A, where he 'went for French Fries all the time.'
    He worked for former segregationist Strom Thurmond, but claimed that Thurmond wasn't racist and that he had 'evolved.'
    He sang a karaoke version of Journey’s 'Don’t Stop Believing' at a campaign fundraiser for Mike Huckabee.
    He was voted into office during the Tea Party wave of 2010, but he moves in the circles of the Romney/Bush Establishment wing of the Party.
    He turned down an invitation to join the Congressional Black Caucus after being sworn in.
    He helped Nikki Haley to crash the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte to convince voters not to reelect Barack Obama.
    The historic nature of his appointment was largely overshadowed by the speculation as to why Tea Party darling Jim DeMint was resigning in the first place.
    He was at the center of a City Council lawsuit from Charleston residents over his hanging the Ten Commandments outside of the Council chamber. It was ruled that the sign be removed (1997).
    He signed onto Senator Tom Cotton's controversial 'Iran Letter,' inspiring the trending hashtag on social media, #47traitors (March, 2015).
    When he was asked if he believed that race has affected or encouraged his success in politics, he reportedly 'scratched his head, paused, and looked to the ceiling' before answering ‘No, no, not really ... No. I don’t think they care. I don’t think they care at all. Not much.'
    He angered many conservatives, along with Lindsey Graham and Nikki Haley, by calling for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina statehouse in the aftermath of the Charleston Shootings, after years of either defending the flying of the flag or sidestepping the issue (June, 2015).

Why he might not be annoying:

    He has a congenial personality with a sense of humor.
    He was raised by his mother, who worked 16-hour shifts as a nurse’s assistant.
    After his mentor died he wrote a 'mission statement' to have a positive impact on the lives of 1 billion people before his death.
    He defended Strom Thurmond from charges of racism, but he also defeated Thurmond's son in his Congressional 2010 Primary.
    Melissa Harris-Perry declined to attack him when prompted by MSNBC to do so.
    He is the first African American to be elected to both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
    He is critical of the Left, but isn't as obnoxious about it as Allen West, Herman Cain, or Ben Carson are.
    Jim Clyburn denied that his election was a sign of 'progress' because his voting record was not in line with his 'pigmentation,' as in his skin color.
    He emotionally choked up on the Senate floor while speaking in the aftermath of the Charleston Shootings.
    He has been regularly attacked as 'a token' by the NAACP.
    Specifically, NAACP chapter head William Barber II, referred to him as a 'ventriloquist dummy' for the 'extreme right wing,' NAACP President Ben Jealous claimed that 'he doesn't believe in civil rights.'
    Honestly, his decision on the Confederate Flag was really a 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' situation (he would have been attacked from either side).
    In the aftermath of the shooting of Walter Scott (no relation), he advocated for police body cameras and for Senate hearings on police brutality (June, 2015).

Credit: BoyWiththeGreenHair

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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 244 Votes: 49.18% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 181 Votes: 48.62% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 110 Votes: 48.18% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 145 Votes: 49.66% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 673 Votes: 39.97% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 103 Votes: 52.43% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 59 Votes: 74.58% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 57 Votes: 52.63% Annoying