Norman says he has contacted Governor Nikki Haley’s staff and asked to be considered for the job. DeMint announced last week he is leaving the Senate early next month to become president of the Heritage Foundation.
Norman says there’s a lot that can be done in the next two years by DeMint’s immediate successor.
Fifth District Congressman Mick Mulvaney has already said he would take the job if Haley asked him to. The Indian Land Republican told the Rock Hill Herald he had already expressed interest in running for the seat when DeMint had announced he would retire in 2016.
Norman, who led an unsuccessful bid for Congress against John Spratt in 2006, said he would not be disappointed if Haley does not select him to fill DeMint’s seat.
Monday afternoon, Governor Nikki Haley said today she has no intentions of appointing a ‘caretaker’ to fill the vacancy in the Senate after Jim Demint resigns in January. Haley said she rejects the option and does not want the effectiveness of the new senator to be undermined by the promise of leaving office after only two years.
The list of DeMint’s possible successors also includes First District Congressman Tim Scott, who if appointed, would be South Carolina’s first black U.S. Senator since Reconstruction.