As a tea party hero and rising star in the Republican Party, South Carolina freshman Rep. Tim Scott’s endorsement is a hot commodity. And while he has been cagey about who he will support for president, he will be decidedly less so when it comes to future federal elections.
Scott told National Journal on Wednesday that he is launching his leadership PAC, Tomorrow Is Meaningful PAC — or TIM PAC — with a goal of expanding the scope of the Republican Party.
“Part of this will be emphasizing the fact that we have a diverse group of people,” said Scott, one of two African-American Republicans in the House. “But we don’t want to go looking for diversity. We are looking for people who stand for certain issues, and we are confident that people of a diverse background will show up.”
A component of the PAC’s mission will be to find candidates for all types of federal office around the country and help bolster their tea party credibility. The PAC will also aim to help these candidates emphasize that they came to their conservative values through their life experiences.
The creation of the PAC is just the latest step in Scott’s movement toward becoming a national figure. Although just a freshman, there has already been talk about whether he may seek the seat that the Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., will vacate in 2012.
The PAC will build off of the Presidential Town Hall Series, in which Scott has hosted seven of the eight major GOP candidates for president (Ron Paul has not participated) to packed crowds throughout his district. The series also hosted possible GOP vice-presidential pick Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, and future town halls plan on including such conservative Republican leaders as Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio and Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Chris Christie of New Jersey, and Brian Sandoval of Nevada.
Nick Muzin, the architect of the town-hall series, will be leaving his post as Scott’s chief of staff to become his political director and leader of the PAC.
“Given what we accomplished in just one year in Congress, Tim and I felt that we have a golden opportunity to impact the national political conversation,” Muzin said. “Tim is a unique political figure who not only can bridge the divide between tea party and establishment conservatives but also appeals to new blocks of voters in a way that I believe represents the future of the GOP.”
Also helpful in the process has been House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who Scott says has helped raise funds for the PAC and who he hopes may be involved going forward.