COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Black conservatives in South Carolina are holding a rally at the Statehouse in support of tougher immigration laws, and the event features a congressional candidate.
State Rep. Tim Scott is speaking at the rally sponsored by the South Carolina Black Conservative Movement. He said he was invited by the Myrtle Beach Tea Party. If elected, Scott would be the first black Republican congressman since Oklahoma's J.C. Watts retired in 2003.
Scott said he is not a member of the movement and knows little about the group.
Founder Rowena Booker said she started the organization in April to bring more blacks into the conservative movement. She said many blacks in South Carolina are fiscally and socially conservative and don't fit in the Democratic Party.
Her organization has fewer than 50 members.