Jim DeMint will step down from Senate
December 6th, 2012
10:35 AM ET

Jim DeMint will step down from Senate

Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina will resign from his Senate seat as of December 31 to take over as head of the Heritage Foundation, CNN has learned.

Elected in 2004, he was re-elected in 2010. His term was not up until 2016. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor. A special election will then be held in 2014 for the last two years of his term.

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  1. BOMBO ©

    A good caption for the picture might be:

    "I ain't kiddin', that gall dang fish was THIS big."

    December 6, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. saywhat

    And not to rile you but stating a fact for fellow bloggers.
    De Mint has earned this position with heritage Foundation, its known to be a mouthpiece and lobby of the Israeli regime.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Can't say I'm shocked the at Republican senator would head it up, then.

      @Bombo:
      Or he's singing opera...

      December 6, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Singing Opera. Very apt@banasy & good morning to you.
    Isn't it what these big heads do when they are supposed to be working for us?

    December 6, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Portland tony

    Senator DeMint has finally figured out that to influence and get legislation passed you must have money, influence, and no ethos committee looking over your shoulder. The Heritage foundation gives him all of that and more. Our Senators and House members are looking more like the proverbial "Village Idiots"

    December 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Oops ...That's ..."ethics committee"

      December 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray Mar

      Looking more like the Taliban to me! People like him want thier beliefs to be the law of the land.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • unretired05

      Sure you don't mean Eros committee?

      December 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kaiser Wilhelm

    Minty

    December 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. banasy©

    And, as usual, my comment was deleted and blocked.
    TJI jumping the shark.

    December 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Hide Behindp

    Fella knows where real power resides.
    Should have to remand all leftover campaign funds and pay received since his reelection.
    Running out on his oath of office that he do solemnly swear means an obligation to those who voted for him and remove his residency from that state untilhe pays back.

    December 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Pete

    Just another republican rat jumping ship becausevhe knows Pres.Obama will get what he wants and more!!Republicans backs are against the wall and they know it so why make it hard on everyone involved because after midterms most of them will be gone!!Norquists pledge will be toilet paper not worth the paper written on and he can go the way these republicans do,extinct...So republicans if you have the cajones work with Pres.Obama or do like Demint and hit the trail the choice is yours ...Republican governors will feel the heat as well in not accepting the ACA bill because if turned down they'll have to supply Medicaid all by themselves and pay for it as well,no government anymore!!Just wait and see what these spineless reps will do,you'll see!!

    December 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. pj

    Pass the torch? Don't forget to pass the white hood and burning cross there, Jimmy. The faster garbage like this gets out of power the better. Now if we can shut down his ilk in the private sector we'd be that much closer to getting our Democracy back.

    December 10, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. JoshC

    Don't get too excited, remember that Nikki Haley (Sarah Palin Wannabe) is the Gov. of SC. As a resident of SC I apologize in advance for the blob of stupidity she will choose. I will get a kick out all of this if Colbert is named as demented's replacement.

    December 10, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. JMS

    Now if Eric Cantore and Bachman would just do us the same favor and step down from their seats in the house.

    December 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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