An effective change for DeMint, conservatism

Monday, December 10, 2012
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U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) announced last week that he is stepping down Jan. 1 to become the next president of the largest conservative think tank in the nation.

Meyer, Ron (AMA)Sen. DeMint was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 after owning a successful advertising and market research company for 20 years. He left the House after limiting himself to three terms, then was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, where he was easily re-elected in 2010.

Ron Meyer, spokesperson for American Majority Action, thinks the conservative will be effective at The Heritage Foundation.

"Heritage will actually be able to do some better things … instead of coming up with the individual mandate and thinking about cap and trade and things like [the Senate has] done in the last decade," Meyer offers. "And he'll be much more focused and a lot more effective in that regard, so that's exciting."

DeMint succeeds Edwin J. Feulner, who first envisioned the think tank in 1973 and has led it as president for the past 36 years. While Meyer believes DeMint's departure as a lawmaker is a tough loss for the Senate, he says his conservatism will be used in other efforts now.

"It's just encouraging to see more conservatives who have a really focused message, a really conservative message, a really articulate message going to places where they think they can make a better difference," the American Majority Action spokesman comments. "I hope DeMint can, and I hope that he becomes a bigger voice for sure."

DeMint, a tea party favorite, is known for bucking party leaders to back challenges to establishment Republicans that he did not view as conservative enough.

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