“Bloodletting” at The Heritage Foundation

Jim DeMint walked into The Heritage Foundation today as its director. He walked out of it with a resignation in hand.

The Associated Press examines what brought down the head of one of America’s prominent conservative think tanks.

While several news organizations had reported in recent days that his departure was imminent, Heritage’s board of trustees did not mince words in a statement Tuesday confirming that the former South Carolina senator’s exit came after a unanimous vote for his removal.

“After a comprehensive and independent review of the entire Heritage organization, the Board determined there were significant and worsening management issues that led to a breakdown of internal communications and cooperation. While the organization has seen many successes, Jim DeMint and a handful of his closest advisers failed to resolve these problems,” board chairman Thomas A. Saunders III said in the statement.

Harsh. No? McClatchy suggests DeMint’s personality appeared to be his undoing. And the Daily Beast reports that several people loyal to DeMint also are on the way out.

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