The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - / Bruce Tins­ley

A grass-roots rally is build­ing among those who in­sist that Sen. Jim DeMint de­serves a seat on the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee.

“At the height of the strug­gle in the U.S. Se­nate to pre­vent Pres­i­dent Obama from ram­ming Oba­macare down Amer­ica’s throat, Repub­li­cans sounded the re­treat. They with­drew to the back­rooms to cut a deal with the Democrats,” says Lawrence A. Hunter, di­rec­tor of the So­cial Se­cu­rity In­sti­tute.

The in­ter­est group calls the South Carolina Repub­li­can “heroic, prin­ci­pled and re­lent­less,” among other things, par­tic­u­larly in his fight against health- care re­form leg­is­la­tion.

“Sen. Jim DeMint would have no part of it. DeMint stood alone on the Se­nate floor in an ef­fort to rally the Repub­li­can troops to make a stand. He was ca­joled and threat­ened by Repub­li­can lead­ers to give up his ef­fort but he per­sisted,” Mr. Hunter con­tin­ues.

He’s ask­ing con­ser­va­tives to con­tact Se­nate Repub­li­can Leader Mitch McCon­nell and “de­mand” that Mr. DeMint be given that sin­gle open seat on the Fi­nance Com­mit­tee, which con­trols leg­is­la­tion on So­cial Se­cu­rity, Medi­care and other re­tire­ment pro­grams.

“He is a force­ful and de­pend­able voice of con­ser­vatism in the Se­nate,” Mr. Hunter says.

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