Jim DeMint has resigned as leader of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, the group’s board of trustees announced Tuesday — confirming widespread reports that the former South Carolina GOP senator was being removed.

Chairman Thomas A. Saunders III said the board requested DeMint’s resignation by unanimous vote and has elected Heritage founder Ed Feulner as president and chief executive officer. 


In a blistering, roughly 500-word statement, Saunders said the decision followed a “comprehensive and independent review” of the entire organization and the board found “significant and worsening management issues that led to a breakdown of internal communications and cooperation.

“While the organization has seen many successes, Jim DeMint and a handful of his closest advisers failed to resolve these problems,” Saunders concluded. “This was a difficult and necessary decision for the board to take.”

Reports that DeMint, a former House member and senator, was out surfaced late Friday. Heritage previously declined to comment on the issue, amid widespread speculation about what caused DeMint’s departure. 

DeMint took over the organization in January 2013. 




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