Breaking News: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) Resigns from the U.S. Senate

Guest Post by Mike LaRoche

This morning, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Tea Party leader and one of the staunchest conservatives on Capitol Hill, announced his resignation from the United States Senate, stating that he would assume the presidency of the Heritage Foundation effective January 1, 2013.

From the Associated Press:

The 61-year-old Republican was first elected to the Senate in 2004. He previously served in the U.S. House for three terms.

“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,” DeMint’s statement said. His office said DeMint was too busy to come to the phone.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley gets to appoint his successor to the Senate. She gave no immediate indication who she might choose, or whether she would appoint herself. Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey says the attention should be on DeMint.

DeMint’s successor will face a special election to retain his or her seat in November 2014.  I wish DeMint all the best in his new position at the Heritage Foundation, but his departure is a great loss to conservatives in Congress.

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  • cavt

    Sad day for the senate–good day for Heritage.

  • What a great loss for the Senate…but great gain for the movement!

  • ★FALCON★

    O U C H!

    This is gonna hurt – but who could really blame hi.

  • Ray

    Damn. I was hoping Corker and Alexander were resigning.

  • donh

    TIM SCOTT….Then appoint Alan West to Tim Scott’s vacant seat !

  • msmoommist

    I was prayer REID would go first!

  • Redwine

    I understand that DeMint will be turning the Heritage Foundation from the think tank into a “do” tank. That will be awesome and just what we conservatives need so desperately.

  • Jaynie59

    Good for him. Life really is too short to fight a losing battle when nobody has your back.

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  • Alphabet Soup

    The Looter Class is ebullient today.

  • Kaye

    Maybe Allen West could move there and he could be appointed in his place.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Life really is too short to fight a losing battle when nobody has your back.

    One thing is certain: the Republican Party “leadership” won’t get the message, and isn’t going to learn a damned thing.

  • Bigkahuna

    WTF…. One of the fighters is gone! Not good.

  • Patty

    DeMint also raised millions of dollars through the Senate Conservatives Fund, which he founded, to support candidates such as Sens.-elect Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

    He famously said that he would rather serve in the minority in a small, ideologically conservative Senate Republican caucus than in the majority with a large group of centrist Republicans.

    “I’d rather have 30 Marco Rubios in the Senate than 60 Arlen Specters, “he said in 2010, making reference to the late Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.), who in 2009 left the Republican Party to become a Democrat.

    DeMint had been in line to become the ranking member of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee in the next Senate, leading to speculation that he would adopt a more conciliatory approach to try and build a reputation as a legislative dealmaker.
    Read MUCH MORE here

  • ★FALCON★

    #14 December 6, 2012 at 10:57 am
    Patty commented:

    DeMint also raised millions of dollars through the Senate Conservatives Fund, which he founded, to support candidates such as Sens.-elect Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

    Patty – DeMint will live to see that Cruz come bask as a nightmare. Single issue candidate and that issue is illegal immigration.

  • Frank

    Fishy Events Around His Resignation suggest role of Jewish Lobby.

    It has been announced in the news today 12/6/12 that DeMint, a conservative Republican senator from SC, will leave the senate.

    After the Republicans lost some seats in from the Senate, why would he leave? He is needed even more and more in the Senate to help pass legislation, so why would he suddenly leave?

    This is very very fishy.

    DeMint was against amnesty, so they want him out of the way, in order to push through an amnesty.

    This is so fishy. It would make more sense if Harry Reid, the election thief, a vicious criminal and a crook, one of the most evil men, resigned instead. But the worst Demogangsters never resign, but the best Conservatives do, so this is very very fish.

    The Jewish Lobby and its Billionaire Oligarchs, which own and operate both political parties and the Judiciary and Executive branches too, probably ordered him to leave or risk being framed. One of the common scams of the Jewish Oligarchs is to frame their opponents, using women as bait. A girl from college is sent to announce that she had an affair with him or saw him using drugs to frame the victim and get him out of power. If he does not leave, the Jewish controlled media repeats her allegations ad nauseum until his reputation is destroyed. Of course, the criminals in robes are on stand-by to “find” “probable cause” anytime a Democratic prosecutor frames a victim and even put him in prison if he does not leave.

    They wanted him out of the way so they can further destroy this country through amnesty by unleashing more 3rd world aliens on America.

  • another victory for totalitarianism.

  • lincolns widow

    Its all about the $$$. Another quitter, tsk tsk.

  • Apparently DeMint deduced he can do more for the Tea Party revolution from outside the party… maybe he’ll be back once Boehner et al are toppled

  • Patty

    “This is an urgent time,” the senator said, “because we saw in the last election we were not able to communicate conservative ideas that win elections.” Mr. DeMint, who was a market researcher before he entered politics, said he plans to take the Heritage Foundation’s traditional research plus that of think tanks at the state level and “translate those policy papers into real-life demonstrations of things that work.” He said, “We want to figure out what works at the local and state level” and give those models national attention.

    Mr. DeMint, an active conservative partisan often at odds with his party’s leadership, says he will “protect the integrity of Heritage’s research and not politicize the policy component. Heritage is not just another grassroots political group.”

    Still, the senator acknowledges that the political fires still burn: “This really gets my blood going again thinking about the possibilities. This is the time to elevate the conservative cause.”

  • Patty

    “We want to figure out what works at the local and state level” and give those models national attention. DeMint

    Also, Ryan and Rubio said the same thing. If we want to win in 2016, the candidates MUST start at the very base. THEIR STATES. Go out soon and often and not just TALK to the people. Explain what their views are for the future of America. Speak in simple words and explain and explain, where we are going and what we must become. I have said this before.

    We win when the people see their candidate and often. And each candidate must stay visible.

  • Mad Hatter

    I’m sure there’s more to this story than meets the eye. I hate to see that DeMint is leaving the Senate. The Senate is where the Conservatives need to focus on.

    With that said, I’m sure that he has looked at the South Carolina State Assembly and has, or people he knows has recruited, or they are recruiting his replacement with another Conservative.

    My guess is that he’ll use this opportunity to recruit Conservatives at the local level to run against RINO’s in the 2014 Primaries. Also to recruit Conservatives to run against Democrat Senators in 2014. The Democrats have a lot of seats up for re-election in 2014.

    Good luck Mr. DeMint, and Thank You for your service to our Nation.

  • Tom Doniphon

    Last warrior I would expect to surrender! What the Hell? Stand and Fight! Can you say Palin? Cracking wise on TV is not the same as voting in the Senate! Damn!

  • John V

    I hope Nikki appoints Allen West.

  • J

    This comes right after the boehner purge of fiscal conservatives. Wonder if mcconnell is getting ready to do the same thing. It would appear that the idea of fiscal conservatism is not in the cards for our country.
    Teddy was famous for shouting charge as he headed into battle. Today’s politicians scream charge and whip out the taxpayers’ credit card.

  • Tom Doniphon

    Allen West lives in Florida!

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  • listingstarboard

    Soros has complete victory now.

  • MustComment

    Sad day for the Right side of government… DeMint was one of the good guys.

  • Militant Conservative

    It will continue to get worse. This is just the way it is. Get over it, socialism is here

    to bleed this country to death. Sad but true. Lets help it along to crash, it will happen.

    The parasites will kill the host.

  • Jayron

    Maybe DeMint saw a way to lead the conservative revolution from a different angle.With the American majority being conservative,why are we losing ? I,along with many others,see massive cheating and shenanigans within the liberal culture.If not put in check,there will never be another fair election in this country again.Backroom collaboration may be DeMints intent. The lefts undermining of our elections must be dealt with accordingly. Best wishes to DeMint.

  • TMJ

    Good for him.
    Why be part of this EVIL

  • tj

    Haley needs to call JJJ to get the going price for a Senate seat…

  • Look-Out

    DeMint is NOT a quitter. He can do more for our country in this new position. Nikki Haley will appoint a good conservative to replace him in the Senate.

    He wants to get the conservative message out (where the Rs have failed miserably in the past) so we can win the hearts and minds of more who’ve bought the lies of the Left. We can’t afford to lose more elections. Americans need to be educated.

    Now, while he’s doing that…will someone else spend plenty of time investigating/curing the voter fraud problems?

  • dba_vagabond _trader

    A great loss, but at least he’ll still be fighting the good fight and probably be a lot more effective outside the bubble of congress.

  • Tom Doniphon

    Apparently Mr. DeMint committed to serving his full term when he announced that he would not run again! I see (maybe I should say saw) him as a soldier, a warrior, not a spokesman, or a conservative egghead! We crow about accountability as Republicans and then jump ship when something else comes along!

    Same thing applies to Sarah Palin! Oh, she can advance conservatism on FOX News and DWTS! Yeah Right!

    So everyone seems to think it should be Tim Scott, a one term Congressman? It would be a token appointment at best!

  • So DeMint is cutting and running. What a sellout. Screw him.

  • JT

    US Senate is making a laughing stock of America to the world. It’s a shame Mitt Romney couldn’t have used the fact that the Democratic controlled Senate hadn’t passed a budget since 2009 yet not a single Democratic senator voted for Obama’s budget either. You can’t blame DeMint for heading for the exit but it hardly seems the patriotic way to go. We needed him there alot more than we need him at Heritage. We’ll always have pundits like Krauthammer & Steyn. We needed skillful street fighters like DeMint in the Senate. He took the coward’s way out.

  • Mad Hatter

    Nikki Haley will likely appoint Tim Scott to fill DeMints seat.

    Taxes and spending – Scott believes that federal spending and taxes should be reduced.

    Health care – Scott believes the 2010 health care reform law should be repealed. Scott states that the health care in the U.S. is one of the greatest in the world, asserting that people all over the world come to study in American medical schools, waiting lists are rare, and Americans are able to choose their insurance, providers, and course of treatment.

    Scott supports an alternative to the health care bill that he says keeps these benefits while controlling costs by reforming the medical tort system by having a limit on non-economic damages and by reforming Medicare.

    Earmarks- Scott opposes earmarks.

    Economic development – He supports infrastructure development and public works for his district believing it will improve the economy. He opposes restrictions on deepwater oil drilling.

    Social issues;

    Scott describes himself as pro-life. Scott supports adult and cord blood stem cell research. He opposes embryonic stem cell research funded by taxpayers. He opposes the creation of human embryos for experimentation and opposes assisted suicide.

    Immigration – Scott supports federal legislation that is similar to the Arizona law, Arizona SB 1070. He supports strengthening penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. He also promotes cultural assimilation by making English the official language in the government, and by requiring new immigrants to learn English.

    Labor –Scott has a pro-business orientation.

    Foreign Policy -Scott advocates a continued military presence in Afghanistan and believes an early withdrawal will benefit Al-Qaeda. He also views Iran as the world’s most dangerous country and believes that the US should aid pro-democracy groups there.

    With a resume like that, he’s a shoe in to be the next Senator of South Carolina.

    Now that’s what I call a Conservative!

  • Lady Mondegreen

    He’s doing a Palin, taking the money and running.

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  • Patty


    Pelosi Bashes DeMint As He Leaves Senate

  • Patty

    Show Me DeMoney
    Jim DeMint going from 4th-poorest senator to Heritage millionaire

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  • Patty

    DeMint takes parting shot at Boehner

    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who shocked Washington on Thursday with the announcement that he would resign his Senate seat in January to become president of the the Heritage Foundation, sent a parting shot at Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

    “I’m not with Boehner,” DeMint said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” “This government doesn’t need any more money, this country needs less government.”

    “Speaker Boehner’s $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny,” he said in a statement. “If neither party leadership is going to put forward a serious plan to balance the budget and pay down the debt, we should end this charade.”


  • scneocon

    Gov. Haley needs to appoint Tim Scott. It’ll drive the Libs crazy.

  • Jill

    With the negative comments and untruths displayed here by sunshine patriots (read weak skinned conservatives in name only) is it any wonder that DeMint chose to leave? He will be far more effective a voice a the Heritage Foundation than a member of a party who have lost their way.