South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly released the following statement on the news that U.S. Senator Jim DeMint plans to leave the Senate in January to become the President of the Heritage Foundation.
"Jim DeMint is a small businessman who ran for Congress to change the way Washington works. Without question, he succeeded .Senator DeMint is a conservative rock star. At the Heritage Foundation, he will be in an even greater position to spark revolutionary change. I commend his principled leadership and service to our state. Thank you, Senator."
Rep. Mick Mulvaney released the following statement regarding Senator Jim DeMint’s Resignation:
“The news of Senator DeMint’s resignation from the Senate comes as a surprise. Senator DeMint has been a strong conservative voice, and he leaves big shoes to be filled. I have faith Governor Haley will appoint someone with the character, leadership, and conservatism Senator DeMint has provided South Carolinians for the past eight years. I am proud to have worked with Senator DeMint and I will continue to call him a friend and a mentor in the years to come. I wish him the best of luck as he continues fighting for the conservative cause at The Heritage Foundation.”
Governor Nikki Haley today released the following statement:
“U.S. Senator Jim DeMint has served South Carolina and the national conservative movement exceptionally well. His voice for freedom and limited government has been a true inspiration. On a personal level, I value Jim’s leadership and friendship.Our state’s loss is the Heritage Foundation’s gain. I wish Jim and Heritage all the best in continuing our shared commitment to America’s greatness.”
Sixth District Congressman and Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn today released the following statement on the resignation of South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint.
“Senator DeMint’s resignation is not a surprise to me. He had said he would not seek re-election, and rumors have circulated in Washington for the past several months that he was headed to a conservative think tank. Joining the Heritage Foundation will allow him to more broadly apply his vision to the country's political discourse.”
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson issued the following statement:
"Jim DeMint has been a consistent champion of the conservative cause. I am certain he will keep fighting for freedom and federalism in his new role as head of The Heritage Foundation. While we lose his voice in the United States Senate,his support for South Carolina values will still be felt in Washington and across America. I congratulate him on his new position and look forward to continuing to work with both Senator DeMint and The Heritage Foundation in defending the Constitution and the rule of law."
Today, following the news that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)would be resigning the Senate to become President of the Heritage Foundation,Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, released thefollowing statement:
“Tea Party Patriots have been honored to work alongsideSen. DeMint for fiscal responsibility, free markets and Constitutionallylimited government.While we are sad tolose a strong, conservative voice in the Senate, he will continue to be acourageous advocate for our principles in his new role.As Washington flounders in the midst of theso-called “fiscal cliff” crisis, it’s clear we need more leaders like Sen.DeMint to stand firm for Americans in the face of stiff opposition.”
Minutes after Sen. Jim DeMint announced he was abandoning his seat for a chance to run the Heritage Foundation, names of possible successors started swirling on political websites and social media. More >>
Minutes after Senator Jim DeMint announced he was abandoning his seat for a chance to run the Heritage Foundation, names of possible successors started swirling on political websites and social media. Here's our somewhat serious take on who Nikki Haley might choose.More >>
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