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Mike Lee, Marco Rubio Lose Key Ally In the U.S. Senate

by Javier Manjarres

Today is a sad day for conservatives across America, as Republican Senator Jim DeMint (SC) is stepping down from the Senate in January to head the Heritage Foundation. DeMint is considered by many as being a ‘King-maker’ in the Senate, after backing several key conservative senators like Mike Lee of Utah and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who many believe is the future of the Republican Party.

Sen. DeMint’s departure means that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor, who will have to run in a special election in 2014. In that year, both Mr. DeMint’s replacement and Sen. Lindsey Graham will be running for reelection in South Carolina.-WSJ

In 2010, DeMint broke ranks with his Senate colleagues and openly endorsed then Senate candidate Marco Rubio over the squishy Republican  turned Independent, and possible future Democrat,Charlie Crist.

Rubio’s campaign was serious trouble when DeMint decided to get involved in the race, but quickly gained much needed name recognition and grassroots supports nationwide from DeMint’s vast ‘Tea Party’ support. For those of us who were ‘on the ground’ throughout Rubio’s election run, believe me when I tell you that DeMint’s endorsement was a turning point in his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

Earlier this year, Senator DeMint sat down with me to discuss a possible 2012 or 2016 Rubio Presidential run. DeMint stated that he would rather see Rubio run for President as opposed to being a VP pick, insisting that it “wouldn’t really be a good job for someone like Rubio.”-DeMint Interview

“Jim has been a source of inspiration for many of us who came to Washington to fight for our core conservative beliefs.  He has shown that getting things done doesn’t have to mean abandoning your principles.  For too long, he was a movement unto himself in the Senate, keeping the torch lit for free-market principles and limited government. We are a better country for his service. Jim is a friend and mentor, and I plan to honor his time in the Senate by continuing the push for individual liberty and restoring constitutional government.”-U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)

Expect a video from Senator Marco Rubio to come out shortly addressing DeMint’s departure from the U.S. Senate. 

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Jack Gillies

    We’re losing a great conservative!

    Heritage Foundation Scorecard – Top 5 Conservatives
    SC Sen. Jim DeMint R 99%
    UT Sen. Mike Lee R 99%
    WI Sen. Ron Johnson R 95%
    KY Sen. Rand Paul R 95%
    FL Sen. Marco Rubio R 95%

    Plus excellent on social issues

    • RodneyGaylor

      We have not LOST anything! Do you know what the Heritage Foundation does in D.C.? And do you know what DeMint did in his pre-senatorial life? This is FANTASTIC NEWS! Jim is no longer to be just one of a hundred voices in the Senate chamber. Now he can fully utilize his marketing skills from his past professional life AND the full weight and measure of The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. to push ever deeper into spreading the Conservative Message both in D.C. and across America!

  • @5sahandful

    DeMint 2016 ?

    • RodneyGaylor

      If Jim DeMint runs for president in 2016… I will SPRINT to the polling station to cast my vote!!!

  • RodneyGaylor

    I have to disagree with the premise that this is a sad day.

    Republicans are already a minority in the U.S. Senate… and true Constitutional Conservatives – even more so.

    Jim DeMint’s Senate seat is completely safe with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley there to name his replacement. And Jim’s move from the Senate to The Heritage Foundation means that he will go from a “Senate Staff” to a POWERHOUSE ORGANIZATION to continue the work he has already undertaken in Washington D.C.

    I absolutely love what The Heritage Foundation currently does, both in Washington and across the country… and I hope and pray that Jim will take the organization to new levels of real impact as we who are true Constitutional Conservatives stay the course and do the work necessary to take back our country as it was founded.

    • Jack Gillies

      Well said!

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  • interloper

    When his country needs him most he leaves for a position that can be filled by a civilian. We are on a crash course with distruction, our Bill of Rights is toilet paper to the democrats! 30 piecies of silver for the Judas kiss!