“POWER PLAY: TEA PARTY LEADER ABANDONS SENATE FOR INFLUENTIAL POST”

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By NBC’s Carrie Dann

Beloved by conservatives and often derided as a nuisance by his foes, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint has always had a way of ruffling feathers.

Now he will be doing the same, but from outside the Senate – from a perch free of seniority rules, powerful

Official photo of U.S. Senator .

Official photo of U.S. Senator . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

leadership structures and procedural quirks.

DeMint announced Thursday that he will be leaving the Senate in January to head the Heritage Foundation think tank, becoming what one senior Republican describes as the “CEO of the conservative movement.” DeMint leaves behind a mixed record of success in bolstering the ranks of Tea Party-minded senators, but his legacy of influencing the direction of the GOP is likely far from over.

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