Sen Jim DeMint leaving US Senate at pivotal moment... quitting to run DC think tank—
Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) December 06, 2012
Wow. The Wall Street Journal broke the news that Senator DeMint is resigning in order to head up The Heritage Foundation.
Whoa! Sen DeMint is leaving the Senate to head up Heritage.—
Justin Hart (@justin_hart) December 06, 2012
Twitter is buzzing with the news.
Wow, Jim DeMint and Heritage Foundation are trending nationwide on Twitter. Would've expected this to be more of a niche story.—
Alicia M. Cohn (@aliciacohn) December 06, 2012
Wow. Jim DeMint (R-SC) resigning from the Senate next month to head up Heritage Foundation. Never saw that coming.—
Ken Rudin (@kenrudin) December 06, 2012
More from Senator DeMint:
DeMint statement: “I’m leaving the Senate now, but I’m not leaving the
Lisa Lerer (@llerer) December 06, 2012
December 6, 2012
DeMint to Leave Senate to Lead the Heritage Foundation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) announced that he will leave the Senate at the beginning of January to become the next president of The Heritage Foundation, the largest and most respected conservative think tank in America.
“It’s been an honor to serve the people of South Carolina in United States Senate for the past eight years, but now it’s time for me to pass the torch to someone else and take on a new role in the fight for America’s future.
“I’m leaving the Senate now, but I’m not leaving the fight. I’ve decided to join The Heritage Foundation at a time when the conservative movement needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas. No organization is better equipped to lead this fight and I believe my experience in public office as well as in the private sector as a business owner will help Heritage become even more effective in the years to come.
“I’m humbled to follow in the footsteps of Ed Feulner, who built the most important conservative institution in the nation. He has been a friend and mentor for years and I am honored to carry on his legacy of fighting for freedom.
“My constituents know that being a Senator was never going to be my career. I came to Congress as a citizen legislator and I’ve always been determined to leave it as citizen legislator. South Carolina has a deep bench of conservative leaders and I know Governor Haley will select a great replacement.
“One of the most rewarding things I’ve done in the Senate is work with the grassroots to help elect a new generation of leaders who have the courage to fight for the principles of freedom that make this country so great. I’m confident these senators will continue the legacy of conservative leaders before them.”
Jim DeMint was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 after owning a successful advertising and market research company for twenty years. DeMint left the House after limiting himself to three terms and then was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004 and re-elected in 2010.
During his time in office, DeMint has been tireless advocate for Americans taxpayers. His goal has been to support and defend the Constitution, which was written to preserve liberty by restraining the federal government. Toward that end, he authored legislation to balance the budget, ban earmarks, replace the tax code, and reform our entitlement programs. He also led the fight against unconstitutional power grabs like the Wall Street bailout and Obamacare.
Sen. DeMint is a staunch conservative and the Left is, predictably, giddy with hate at the news.
Elizabeth Warren will be a Senator and Jim DeMint won't.—
John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) December 06, 2012
SC Senator Jim DeMint leaving Senate for the Heritage Foundation. Thanks for playing!—
Abby Huntsman (@HuntsmanAbby) December 06, 2012
Media Matters’ Oliver Willis is oh-so-classy, as always.
i believe sen. demint has had *his* waterloo.—
Oliver Willis (@owillis) December 06, 2012
Stay classy, toots. Love the “new tone!”
Sen. DeMint said in the press release, “One of the most rewarding things I’ve done in the Senate is work with the grassroots to help elect a new generation of leaders who have the courage to fight for the principles of freedom that make this country so great.”
Speculation over that next generation started swiftly.
No shortage of very conservative House members to replace DeMint: Gowdy, Duncan, Scott—
Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) December 06, 2012
Names you'll hear a lot about in coming days: Reps. Tim Scott, Mick Mulvaney, state AG Alan Wilson (son of Joe), State Sen. Tom Davis—
(@jimgeraghty) December 06, 2012
Gov. Nikki Haley now has the ability to give the US Senate its only black Senator — a conservative from South Carolina named Tim Scott.—
Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) December 06, 2012
Don't count out Tim Scott just yet. It's Nikki Haley's decision. If she offers a Senate seat, who can say no?—
Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) December 06, 2012
And, some more jackassery from Willis.
Get it? The GOP is racist and stuff! That’s why they want Tim Scott.
Heritage is celebrating the news, as are other conservatives.
Heritage staff gathering for an all-staff meeting. The mood is electric.—
Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) December 06, 2012
DeMint's a step up & to the right for Heritage, better than recycling the old guard.—
Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) December 06, 2012
Sen. DeMint tweets the news.
Twitchy will continue to monitor and bring you further developments.
Update: Sarah Palin and Sens. Rubio and Toomey send their congratulations and thanks.
We look forward to Jim DeMint's new leadership at the Heritage Foundation, and we're all grateful for his past leadership in the Senate.—
Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) December 06, 2012
Update: Hmm. Tim Scott speculation grows.
And Tim Scott weighs in.