By Ramsey Cox - 12/06/12 06:43 PM EST
Graham said he’s enjoyed playing “good cop, bad cop” with DeMint over the years.
“I look forward to staying in touch with Jim and working with him at Heritage,” Graham said. “If we don’t make changes quickly we’re going to lose our way of life.”
Graham credited DeMint with making the Republican Party “look inward” during the 2010 election.
“During the 2010 election cycle he was one of the strongest voices saying that we had lost our way in Washington,” Graham said. DeMint recruited many of the freshman GOP House members.
DeMint, the founding member of the Senate Tea Party Caucus, will be replaced by whomever Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) appoints, until a special election is held in 2014.