Tim Scott is a devoted momma’s boy. In the speech announcing his presidential run, he gave props to his single mother for making him the man he is today. “My mom’s work ethic taught me there is dignity in all work. It’s why I know if you are able-bodied, you work! Period,” he said (via CBS). “My momma said we could be victims or victors — and she chose victorious.”
New York magazine notes that Scott rarely mentioned having a romantic partner until after he announced that he was throwing his hat into the presidential candidate’s ring. “My girlfriend wants to see me when I come home,” the Republican slipped into a speech in May. Scott previously boasted to the National Journal that he was “a proud adult virgin.” He vowed to remain so until walking down the aisle. So, the rumor mill went into overdrive after he suddenly namedropped a girlfriend.
The Washington Post questioned if she even existed before conceding that it really shouldn’t matter either way. Still, it clearly matters to Scott — a lot. “I’m dating a lovely Christian girl. One of the things that I love about the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it points us always in the right direction,” the candidate announced to evangelical voters during an Iowa speech (via Fox News). “Proverbs 18:22 says, ‘he who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the lord.'”