Conservatives are stunned at news that Jim DeMint, one of the truly conservative stalwarts in the Senate, has decided to resign in order to join the Heritage Foundation. DeMint will leave the Senate in January.
DeMint, 71, was elected in 2010 for a term that will last through 2016. His successor will be appointed by South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley. Haley’s choice will serve in the Senate until a special election in 2014.
DeMint’s departure is not only a blow to conservatives and Republicans. Even though he had said that this would be his last term in the Senate, DeMint had obviously signed on to serve through January 2017, and now he’ll be leaving four years early. What about that commitment to the people of South Carolina?
“Obviously we have a big rock star bench in South Carolina, and Jim’s always been about bringing new leaders in,” says a member of DeMint’s circle.
Happy for Sen. DeMint, and I pray that his replacement will be as stalwart as he has been.