Senator Jim DeMint http://wfpl.org en BuzzFeed: Mitch McConnell Should Fear Jim DeMint http://wfpl.org/post/buzzfeed-mitch-mcconnell-should-fear-jim-demint <p>The resignation of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-Sc., could spell bad news for his soon-to-be former GOP colleagues—namely Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,—who face re-election in 2014.</p><p>In a statement, <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-praises-jim-demints-uncompromising-service">McConnell praised DeMint's "uncompromising service,"</a> however, as BuzzFeed's John Stanton points out, DeMint has been pushing for Republicans to be more conservative for years. And as president of the Heritage Foundation, he will have an ideal seat to wage an ideological war on incumbents such as McConnell.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/the-6-members-who-should-fear-jim-demint?utm_campaign=socialflow&amp;utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_medium=buzzfeed">BuzzFeed</a>:</p><blockquote><p>There’s no love lost between DeMint and the top Republican in the Senate. The two have repeatedly clashed over policy positions McConnell has sought to push, as well as the broader direction of the conference and Republican Party. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 04:16:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2852 at http://wfpl.org BuzzFeed: Mitch McConnell Should Fear Jim DeMint Mitch McConnell Praises Jim DeMint's 'Uncompromising Service' http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-praises-jim-demints-uncompromising-service <p>Reacting to the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57557529/jim-demint-leaving-senate-for-heritage-foundation/">sudden resignation of Sen. Jim DeMint</a>, R-S.C., announced Thursday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is praising his sometime GOP rival, who is leaving in January to lead a conservative think tank.</p><p>From McConnell's office:</p><blockquote><p>"I thank Senator DeMint for his uncompromising service to South Carolina and our country in the United States Senate. Jim helped provide a powerful voice for conservative ideals in a town where those principles are too often hidden beneath business as usual.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>There is no question in my mind that he raised the profile of important issues like spending and debt and helped galvanize the American people against a big government agenda. I am confident that he will continue to advocate for conservative principles in the next chapter of his service to the American people."</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 18:34:06 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2841 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Praises Jim DeMint's 'Uncompromising Service'