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WASHINGTON (WCIV) -- U.S. Senator Jim DeMint announced on Thursday that he would be leaving the Senate in January to head up The Heritage Foundation, the largest conservative think tank in the country. SouthMore >>
U.S. Senator Jim DeMint announced on Thursday that he would be leaving the Senate in January to head up The Heritage Foundation, the largest conservative think tank in the country.More >>
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – From the Lowcountry to D.C., Sen. Jim DeMint's abrupt resignation Thursday sent a ripple across the political spectrum.
Two years into his second term in office, DeMint announced he was leaving Capitol Hill for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
"I don't see it as a loss for conservatives but as a gain," Charleston lawyer Larry Kobrovsky, a Tea Party advocate said.
He said DeMint's departure won't leave the party voiceless.
"There's no national leader; it's a grassroots movement. I don't think you can ever point to one person being in charge," Kobrovsky said.
Kobrovsky said he believes that DeMint's new job will give the Senator a broader platform to promote the conservative agenda.
"That's what Sen. DeMint was about and he sees that we don't have the majority in the Senate right now. And I think at the Heritage Foundation, he would make a perfect spokesman for that," he said.
As for DeMint's seat, it is up to Gov. Nikki Haley to name his replacement.
On Thursday night, comedian and Lowcountry's native Steven Colbert wasted no time throwing his name into the ring.
However, Congressman Tim Scott is considered the front runner by many.
Kobrovsky, who ran against Scott in 2010, said he will run for the First Congressional District again if Scott is appointed.
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