Jim DeMint Leaving the Senate
He'll become head of the Heritage Foundation
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 6, 2012 10:04 AM CST
Jim DeMint is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

(Newser) – Jim DeMint is resigning his Senate post so he can take a gig as president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, he announced today. DeMint will step down in early January, the Wall Street Journal reports. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will appoint an interim replacement until a special election can be held in 2014.

DeMint, who was reelected in 2010, had already announced that he wouldn't seek a third term. He says he's taking the job at the influential think tank in the hopes that he can "elevate the conservative cause" and bring it to the masses. "This is an urgent time," he said, "because we saw in the last election we were not able to communicate conservative ideas that win elections." But he also vowed to "protect the integrity of Heritage's research and not politicize the policy component."

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MichaelBenesch
Dec 7, 2012 7:15 AM CST
Democrats beware!! "WE" just lost a reliable Democratic Party vote getter. DeMint was as good as Todd Akin or Sarah PAYline for getting donors&voters to work against the bigotry of the good'ol white boys club. Pray that (R)ience Pribus doesn't fall on his sword and take the honorable racist way out and join a Koch Brothers golden parachute "think"(heh-heh)tank job. "WE" need the Mitch McConnells and the birthers who got President Obama reelected to get US back in charge of "OUR" government. I'll bet ya 10K DeMint coasts down the disabled Senate access ramp on his way to fortune®ional fame.
Mr.LarryG.
Dec 6, 2012 8:29 PM CST
Whhhaaaaaaaaaaa,,,,I cant get my way, so I'm taking my balls and going home,,,,,,,
BinThereDunThat
Dec 6, 2012 8:05 PM CST
Any day a TeaTard leaves Congress is a good day!