South Carolina GOP Senator Jim DeMint will leave the Congress after only two years in office to run the Conservative Heritage Foundation….
In a move that is unexpected, the hard rightleaning politicaian will be getting ten fold increase in salary and has mentioned Rep. Tim Scott, a black South Carolina Conservative (Tea Party ) House member , to be appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to replace him. untilk a specail election is held…
“It’s been an honor to serve the people of South Carolina in 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,” he said in a statement.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said DeMint informed him of his decision to resign Thursday morning.
“We’re sorry to see Jim go. He’s had a distinguished career,” McConnell told POLITICO in a brief interview. “My wife [Elaine Chao] is a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation. She’ll be reporting to him.”
DeMint added in his statement: “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.”
DeMint also appears poised for a raise, with Feulner pulling in $1.03 million in 2010, according to public records. DeMint earned $174,000 in 2012 as a senator.
At Heritage headquarters blocks from the Capitol, dozens of staffers filed into a first-floor auditorium to hear the announcement and directly from DeMint, whose muffled voice could be heard emanating from the room. Several speeches were punctuated by laughter and applause.
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Sen. Jim DeMint (R) wants Rep. Tim Scott (R) to replace him in the Senate when he leaves the body next month, a South Carolina Republican official tells TPM.
DeMint announced Thursday that he will be leaving the Senate to take over the Heritage Foundation, opening up a seat that will be filled by Gov. Nikki Haley (R) ahead of a 2014 special election. According to the South Carolina source, DeMint wants Scott — a conservative African American congressman representing the First Congressional District who was just elected to his second term last month — to take over for him.
The move would mean the Senate seat would still be held by a prominent tea partier, the source said, and would also give Haley and the GOP a chance to make history.
“It would be historic for an Indian American governor from the Deep South to appoint an African American to the U.S. Senate,” the official said. “I think it’s highly unlikely she would appoint a placeholder. There are too many critical votes coming in the next 24 months. Scott and DeMint are lock step on the issues.”
“Scott is DeMint’s choice,” the source added.