Republican Party

Tensions Between The Heritage Foundation and GOP Lawmakers Leaving Some Republicans Angry and Frustrated

Some asking why the conservative think tank, now being run by Jim DeMint, is targeting Republicans and not Democrats

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Jim DeMint's at war with Republicans — again.

The tea party firebrand who made his mark in GOP primary races across the country is now at the helm of the Heritage Foundation where its political arm is doing the same thing: holding conservatives feet to the fire.

DeMint only joined the group earlier this year, but already Heritage's political arm has had some early fights out of the gate that have Republican leaders both angry and frustrated – feeling like DeMint is diminishing one of the party's most powerful intellectual engines by turning it into a group taking cheap shots at Republicans.