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DeMint resigns to lead conservative group

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

— Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a favorite among Tea Party activists, is resigning to take the helm of a conservative think tank.

DeMint’s Washington office confirmed Thursday that the South Carolina politician is stepping down to become president of the Heritage Foundation, effective Jan. 1.

His office said DeMint was too busy to come to the phone.

The 61-year-old Republican was first elected to the Senate in 2004.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley gets to appoint his Senate successor.

His former state director Luke Byars said the new role allows DeMint to effect change outside of the U.S. Capitol.

The political consultant said it’s a vehicle for him to push and pull on conservative issues on a national stage.

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Jackabbott says... December 6, 2012 at 1:46 p.m.

Good riddance, this guy was a misfit from day one.

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