Well, this isn’t what I was expecting to hear on a Thursday morning.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has resigned from the Senate to take over the conservative Heritage Foundation.
DeMint’s decision to leave the Senate after only eight years shocked Washington. DeMint had been seen as a future Senate leader for his party and was already a leader to a growing number of conservatives in the House and Senate.
“It’s been an honor to serve the people of South Carolina in the United States Senate for the past eight years, but now it’s time for me to pass the torch to someone else and take on a new role in the fight for America’s future,” DeMint said in a statement explaining his resignation.
“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. No organization is better equipped to lead this fight and I believe my experience in public office as well as in the private sector as a business owner will help Heritage become even more effective in the years to come.”
Given that he’s from South Carolina, I’d say there’s little chance of the Democrats taking this seat. Still, losing DeMint’s voice in the Senate is a blow to the GOP.