Scott says 'disconnect' between Congress, people can be fixed with availability

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Sen. Tim Scott returned to the Lowcountry on Wednesday, just 13 days after taking the oath of office as a U.S. Senator.

And life has changed a lot for the new Senator.

"I had one-seventh of the state. Now I have seven times the territory to cover and less time to cover it in," he said.

The issues in the Senate weigh on him much as they did in the House, he said.

"I woke up after four hours, went to sleep at 2 a.m., woke up at 6:15 a.m. and I wanted desperately to go back to sleep. I couldn't find the will to do it. I woke up with questions and numbers in my head I had to write down," he said. {}

And considering the country's fiscal insanity, that's a lot of writing.

The numbers game is only part of Scott's game plan. He will crisscross the state this week, hoping to connect and understanding that there is a disconnect between Congress and its constituents.

"Recent polls show colonoscopies, root canals and cockroaches are more popular than Congress. Perhaps they've never lived in South Carolina with the cockroaches' the other two, I might be able to understand," he said. "A part of the challenge we have is to instill confidence and you have to be available. And one of the things I want to do in my term in Senate is to be available."

That may mean working an 18-hour day, he said, but he's up for it.

After the interview, Scott also visited a school in Goose Creek and then to meetings at the College of Charleston and on Daniel Island. The rest of his week has him in Laurens, Aiken, Columbia and back in D.C. for the weekend.