September 25th, 2010
01:28 PM ET
12 years ago

DeMint sends fundraising pitch blasting Republican colleagues

(CNN) - South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint is out with a fundraising pitch that goes after his party for conducting "business as usual."

DeMint is blasting Republicans who, in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, voted to allow Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski to retain her leadership position on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

"It was bad enough to watch my colleagues work to support [Murkowski] in the primary after she had built a record of betraying conservatives principles," DeMint wrote Saturday in an e-mail to supporters of his PAC, Senate Conservatives Fund. "But watching them back her after she left the party and launched a campaign against the Republican nominee was more than I could bear."

DeMint has clashed with his party establishment's leaders this election cycle, as he's backed staunchly conservative candidates over the sometimes more moderate GOP-backed ones.

Murkowski lost to attorney Joe Miller last month in her state's primary. Miller had DeMint's backing as well as that of the Tea Party movement. Earlier this month, Murkowski announced she would mount a write-in bid to retain her Senate seat. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express group condemned the move, and the Republican Party establishment said it would stand by Miller as the party's nominee.

The decision not to remove Murkowski from the top position surprised many in the political world given that the GOP has now backed her opponent.

A GOP source in Wednesday's meeting told CNN that despite anger towards Murkowski, the conference decided not to even take up the question of the Senate Energy Committee post because "there was a sense that she's resigned her leadership post, she lost her primary, she will probably lose her race, and she'll be gone. She will not be ranking [Republican] because she will not be here."

In his fundraising appeal, DeMint accused his party establishment of hypocrisy.

"I was attacked just last week by the Washington establishment for supporting Christine O'Donnell – a conservative – because they believe her nomination will hand the seat to a Democrat in Delaware," DeMint wrote. "This week, however, that same establishment voted to help Lisa Murkowski – a moderate – defeat the Republican nominee, which could hand the seat to a Democrat in Alaska."

"The Washington establishment is doing everything it can to help Lisa Murkowski hold on to power. The grassroots defeated her once in the primary election and we can do it again in November," he added.

–CNN's Dana Bash and Ted Barrett contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Alaska • Jim DeMint • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    I think Sen. Jim DeMint should resign and report to jail immediately, ...without parole. Alvin Greene will probably do far less damage to the American people than DeMint (by virtue of ignorance). I also believe that Jim Demint afraid of Lisa Murkowski in that she has far too much knowledge in that she knows way too much of Republican inner workings.

    September 25, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. vic, Nashville TN

    Good Job sells your family members

    I don’t know who will apply for divorce on November third Tea party or Republican establishment one thing sure if republican gain the power in congress it will be do nothing congress

    Mama grizzlies will control the congress from outside giving statement everyday

    September 25, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. D0 not reply to this

    Just wondering how many people besides DeMint are actually trying to hold on to THEIR OWN legacy and not [to do the] work FOR the American people. Ponderous??? Do any of them even CARE about the people who vote for them or are they just playing politics [as usual]?

    September 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    If they aren't "purified" according to DeMint's absolute rule, he wants them out. KING??

    September 25, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. the real ib

    DeMint is right on this one; this woman is just thinking of herself and does not vote the conservative agenda. She lost and just won't accept it and the party is helping her. Sad.

    September 25, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. carlos

    who are the demented that contribute to this , again, demented tard??????? oh, I get it, the koches, armeys and a couple of others

    September 25, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. carlos

    "It was bad enough to watch my colleagues work to support [Murkowski] in the primary after she had built a record of betraying conservatives principles," DeMint wrote Saturday in an e-mail ........and all of you talipublicans have betrayed the seniors, women, children, veterans, and, of course, WE THE PEOPLE, the middle class VOTERS

    September 25, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. KItchen Police

    This man is totally out for himself. I think maybe he should try starting a coup in another country and leave ours alone.

    September 25, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. D0 not reply to this

    Oh, and by the way...I do believe that the republicans want smaller government, they just want THEM and a small handful of people they know to be "it".

    September 25, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. ChumBucket

    No republican in their right mind will vote for murkowski, she lost the primary, and now she is running against the republican candidate, she should have been stripped of every committee she's on. Let the democrats have the liberal p.o.s. worthless ex senator from Alaska.

    September 25, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. Not my cup of tea!

    Jim Demint is suffering from an Industrial Neoplean Complex Sydrome. He's nuts!

    September 25, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. King

    When these stupid people put back repugs and baggers who want to return the economy back to the corporations that devastated us just a few months ago and distroy the firm foundation obama and democrats have build. The corporation have one loyalty and thats to their shareholders. There is no patriotism their, and since we are living in high speed internet world, a fact the old tea bagger wont accept, the world is their market place and american economy is the last thing on their minds. So you repugs keep giving them tax breaks to invest and build up china. You saw what happend the last 10 years doing that same crap. You might not have another obama to save us next time.

    September 25, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. K. LeBert LaGrange, Tx.

    The " inner workings " of both parties are our biggest problem. Whom-ever the voters of any district pick to represent them deserves the respect due their office. It wouldn't matter what the personal views of any politician were if, when it came time to vote, he or she voted the wishes of the majority of their constituents. Silly me, I thought that was the whole idea.

    September 25, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Ponder this.,....

    DeMint is using the Tea Party coat tails to propel himself into political OBLIVION!... They'll spit him out quicker than a month old pork chop!

    September 25, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. jim atmadison

    Poor inarticulate Alvin Greene's economic plan is to bolster the state economy by making Alvin Greene action dolls.

    The good news, I suppose, is that his plan might create one or two jobs.

    The bad news is that's one or two more jobs than would be created by GOP economic plans.

    After watching DeMint and the GOP self destructing, Greene might have a chance.

    September 25, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. FedUpRepublican

    The only thing that makes me smile when I see or hear Jim DeMint, is the thought that somewhere in South Carolina there must be an an alligator that has DeMint listed on its menu as a future plat du jour.

    September 25, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  17. Valerie from Raleigh

    All intelligent, reasonable and moerate Republicans – watch your back – DeMint will stab you first chance he gets if he thinks it will help to consoidate his power. Is there something in the water in South Carolina that is making the Republican candidates go completely nuts? It will be a sad day for America if DeMint and the Tea Party takes down the Republican party.

    September 26, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  18. Debbie

    Jim DeMint is nothing more than a modern day Joe McCarthy. In the 1950's it was McCarthyism and in the 2010's it will be DeMintism. History does repeat itself!

    September 26, 2010 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  19. Jon, MI

    DeMint is the single most compelling reason why, after voting for Bush twice and McCain, I will be voting for Democrats for the foreseeable future.

    September 26, 2010 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  20. I'm voting Democrat this time!

    Gentlemen Jim DeMint used the rage of the public to turn it on the moderate Republicans. It's like a scene out of the Movie "Good fellas" and he is Nicky. Or he and Palin cook this scheme together and the plan is working. Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin are not interested in following in the footsteps of the Regan Republican Party. They wants his own party.The Tea Party because They wants to be the orignal founding fathers. But, They need the Republicans out of the way or have complete control until his network is setup. Have you notice Sarah Palin"s SarahPac new video will not mention the word "Republican". Or have you heard DeMint or Palin give a ringing endorsment for "The Pledge to America". You see my point. The GOP has alot of problems and the biggest is that they have to many people with low morals,that know people in high places. This has led to the self destruction of the Regan Republicans Party. The end!

    September 26, 2010 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  21. Billy

    So, you are only a conservative if DeMint says you are a conservative?

    September 26, 2010 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  22. King

    All these repugs and baggers want to turn the corner and bring us back to the corporate policies that devastated this country months ago. They giving the rich more tax break is like putting fire on gasoline. They saw the devastation ten years of bush tax cut brought us. These repugs and baggers still think we are living in the 50s when the borders were closed and the rich tax break stayed in the ecomy. Now the high speed internet has our borders wide open. so that trikle down stuff is going to china.

    September 26, 2010 08:08 am at 8:08 am |