Around the South for Feb. 3: SC, TN & LA

South Carolina: Scott backing Rubio. Marco Rubio, fresh off his surprisingly strong third place finish in Iowa, received the endorsement of Tim Scott (R), his fellow senator. “We have a shot to beat Hillary Clinton. And that shot is Marco Rubio,” Scott said, reported The State newspaper. Rubio already had the support of US Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). US Rep. Jeff Duncan, another South Carolina GOPer, endorsed Cruz yesterday ……. Tennessee: Fincher retiring. US Rep. Stephen Fincher (R), who was a key force behind reauthorization of the Export-Impact Bank, announced that he is retiring. “I will be returning to Frog Jump and my family and business,” Fincher said reported The Tennessean. State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R) promptly announced he will run for the 8thDistrict (Memphis suburbs, etc.) vacancy, which usually votes Republican …….Louisiana: Edwards keeps cabinet salaries high. Although John Bel Edwards (D) charged that Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) paid his cabinet members “exorbitant” salaries, now that Edwards is the governor, he has mostly retained the salaries at their Jindal-era levels, reports The Advocate. C’est la vie …….