Top Republican to start up new group to keep conservatives to “their principals”

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A new group intended to support and grow conservative leadership in Washington has been launched by former Senator Jim DeMint.

Called the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI), the new organization promises to be a “support system” to make sure new conservative lawmakers arriving in Washington “stick to their principals” and are not swayed by establishment Republicans, Axios reported.

The CPI is expected to assist conservative lawmakers to fill their offices with conservative staff members, provide coaching on policy, legislative procedure, and communications, and introduce incoming lawmakers to other conservatives on Capitol Hill and in the White House.

DeMint, who previously left the Senate in 2012 to head up the Heritage Foundation, was recently ousted from that organization in May over internal disagreements about its mission.

Three former Heritage members have joined him at CPI: Ed Corrigan, Wesley Denton, and Rachel Bovard.

“CPI will not seek to replicate the excellent work of other conservative groups. We view them as partners and I’m excited to continue working with these leaders,” DeMint stated. “We will host regular meetings and strategy sessions with members of Congress and House and Senate staff, connecting them with the best thought leaders throughout the movement, to help them shape strategy and drive the conservative agenda.”

Senator Mike Lee, chairman of the conservative Senate Steering Committee, agreed that the new conservative group will fill an important role.

“CPI fills a unique role that is critically needed in Washington: partnering with conservative members, staff, and the movement to succeed in advancing liberty,” Lee said.

DeMint was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1999, where he served in South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District until 2005 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. When he was re-elected in 2010, DeMint became the highest-ranking elected official within the Tea Party movement.

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