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Tea Party rhetoric clashes with local desire for pork

First-term Republican Rep. Tim Scott of Charleston, S.C., says he’s looking for “any way in the world” to get federal money to expand his hometown’s aging harbor. It’s the one way he won’t pursue that’s making South Carolinians angry. Scott, like his state’s famously conservative senator, Jim DeMint, is among a new breed of tea party-backed conservatives who have sworn off “earmarks” — the pet projects that lawmakers can write into spending bills for their districts. He won’t ask for one, won’t support one, doesn’t even want to talk about it. His opposition to earmarks helped get him elected last
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