Sen. Jim DeMint Resigns to Run Conservative Group

U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint
Sen. Jim DeMint will leave in January to run the Heritage Foundation, one of the most conservative think tanks in Washington, D.C.

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Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina conservative who made waves by condemning House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner's offer to resolve the fiscal cliff stand-off, will retire from the Senate, his office said on Thursday.

DeMint will leave in January to run the Heritage Foundation, one of the most conservative think tanks in Washington.

A favorite of the anti-tax Tea Party movement, DeMint this week said the offer by Boehner, a Republican, for $800 billion of increased tax revenues would "destroy jobs and allow Washington politicians" to swell, not reduce, the deficit.


Reporting By Kim Dixon; Editing by Vicki Allen.

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