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DeMint May Turn On GOP Backers of Debt Bill

Thursday, 04 Aug 2011 11:52 AM

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Some of the 28 Republican senators who voted for the new debt/deficit law may find themselves on the receiving end of powerhouse conservative Sen. Jim DeMint’s ire.

The South Carolina Republican pledged after last year’s elections that he wouldn’t support any challengers to his Republican Senate colleagues. But the debt deal greatly upset him, and he may back opponents to Republican senators who voted yes on the bill, a source close to DeMint told The Hill.

“He’s already opened the door to changing that policy in terms of supporting people in primaries,” the source said. “This deal could bring him to the point where he says he’s not going to make any guarantees. “It’s not a threat that he’s going to oppose anybody, but . . .  if he does, nobody should be surprised.”

DeMint certainly has the resources to make a difference. His Senate Conservatives Fund pulled in $1.99 million during the first half of the year.


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