Report: DeMint ousted at Heritage after calling for major changes to lobbying arm

Report: DeMint ousted at Heritage after calling for major changes to lobbying arm

Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint was ousted from the conservative group after feuding with the head of its lobbying arm, according to the Washington Examiner.

DeMint, a former South Carolina senator, differed with Mike Needham, the CEO of Heritage Action, over “method” and sought to make major changes to the lobbying arm or scrap it altogether, the report said. 

"Basically he treated the place like it was his giant Senate office," one source told the Examiner.

"That ended up being a significant departure from the vision set out by the board and Feulner,” the source added, referencing Edwin Feulner, a founding trustee of the organization who previously served as its president. 

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The relationship between DeMint and Needham reportedly soured when DeMint floated alterations to Heritage Action or altogether getting rid of the lobbying arm.

On Friday, reports emerged that DeMint would step down as Heritage’s president, as would the senior staff he brought onboard from his Senate office. 

Feulner will replace DeMint for the time being.