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DeMint out as leader of conservative Heritage Foundation

Jim DeMint is being forced out as the leader of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank amid internal tensions at the organization over its direction, several sources have confirmed to Fox News.

The former South Carolina Republican senator’s imminent departure was first reported late last week and has since sparked widespread speculation about what led to the separation.

Several sources have said the end of DeMint’s roughly four-year term was driven by Michael Needham, chief executive of Heritage’s advocacy group, Heritage Action for America.

Needham complained to Heritage’s board of trustees that the foundation under DeMint was becoming too political with its outreach and messaging — not on its founding mission of crafting conservative policy — especially when Heritage Action was created in 2010 for such purposes, sources said.

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