The establishment wing of the Heritage Foundation board of directors has flexed its muscles and has gained enough support to oust Jim DeMint as president of the organization, according to several news reports.
“If Heritage pushes Jim DeMint out, it was because a few board members, who are close to the Republican establishment, never wanted him to be president and have been working to push him out ever since,” said one operative who has worked with Heritage, reports Politico.
Bottom line, DeMint supported the pro-free market members of Congress who leaked from principle all day long (and probably got up in the middle of the night to leak more from principle) but this leaking apparently wasn't enough for the establishment, since DeMint dug his heels in to go after establishment leadership.
[While in the Senate,] through his Senate Conservatives Fund, DeMint funneled money to candidates including Utah's Mike Lee, Kentucky's Rand Paul, Florida's Marco Rubio and Texas' Ted Cruz, all of whom defeated establishment-backed candidates or knocked off incumbents in their races....
DeMint clashed frequently with party leaders during his time in the Senate, especially now-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Their feud over spending earmarks was legendary.
After DeMint left the Senate and took the reins of Heritage, the group’s advocacy arm, Heritage Action, was converted from a policy-driven vehicle into an aggressive political outfit that waged attacks against House and Senate leaders..../
DeMint and his team came out against the so-called border adjustment tax, a key plank of the House GOP plan touted by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). They have been relentless in critiquing the House health care legislation, blasting the Hill for not repealing Obamacare immediately — sometimes, Capitol Hill staffers have said, to the detriment of negotiations.DeMint is no libertarian but he is far from the worst creature in the swamp.