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.

  • http://[email protected] cecil dildine

    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.

  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    another victory for totalitarianism.

  • lincolns widow

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

  • Reaganite Republican

    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.”