Republican Senator Jim DeMint (SC) Resigns from the U.S. Senate to Run the Heritage Foundation

by Colonel on December 6, 2012

“Senator Jim DeMint, the conservative Republican from South Carolina who helped ignite the Tea Party movement, will leave the Senate to become president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative research group.

Mr. DeMint — who has fashioned himself into a bit of a kingmaker for conservative Republicans, often at the expense of his own Republican colleagues — now finds himself with a comfortable and well-paying perch that will provide a platform to continue his efforts to push the Republican Party to the right.

His imminent departure will allow him to advocate even more loudly against a big budget deal that includes higher tax revenues sought by President Obama. He has been among the biggest critics of a deal proffered by House Speaker John A. Boehner to address the impending fiscal crisis by generating at least $800 billion in new tax revenue.

” — Jennifer Steinhauer, Copyright 2012 The New York Times Company

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