Speculations in the political world are rising at the possibility of the Heritage Foundations next president. As former Senator Jim DeMint is pushed out of his position as the Foundation’s leader, signs are pointing to Steve Bannon as his replacement.
Reports sprouted up on Friday that DeMint would lose his role as president of this influential think tank. According to an anonymous member, this leader was too focused on his own promotion to efficiently run the institution:
He has been a congressman and senator. They are solo performers. When you are in the Senate, life is all about the senators.
The source stated that his inability to serve was not “particularly personal,” but a result of his background in politics that had his brain wired to think like a congressman rather than a CEO.
A GOP operative in contact with the Heritage Foundation reported that “massive turmoil” is threatening the positions of many leaders as changes are being made to address the issues. Apparently, there is a clash between the Foundation’s leadership and its action arm the Heritage Action.
Another operative stated:
“If Heritage pushes Jim DeMint out, it was because a few board members, who are close to the Republican establishment, never wanted him to be president and have been working to push him out ever since.”
This source boldly declared that his removal would be a “huge mistake.” Nevertheless, what is done is done, and Heritage is facing internal struggle because of it.
Although no official statement has come from Heritage itself, board members like Todd Herrick are already protesting through resignation. Many employees were completely unaware of his oust, so DeMint loyalists have left one by one after hearing of his removal from Friday’s report.
Steve Bannon, the former member of Trump’s National Security Council, was recently removed from his position of leadership. Although Bannon was a reportedly controversial member of the NSC, Vice President Mike Pence reported his departure as “just a natural evolution to ensure the National Security Council is organized in a way that best serves the president in resolving and making those difficult decisions.”
As further questions arise about DeMint’s replacement, employees at the Heritage Foundation are growing even more fed-up. Upon hearing of Bannon’s possible entrance,
one staffer responded with laughter:
“I have no clue about this. I’m literally dying right now. No one has heard of this. It’s just coming out of left field.”
Wes Dyck, the Foundation’s vice president of personnel, issued an e-mail to its members with instructions to avoid the press. Going back to his roots, he stated in his message to the “family”:
“I ask all of you to avoid speculation, especially outside the Heritage family or with the media. Further public speculation is not helpful to the cause we all share: advancing principled, conservative public politics for all Americans.”
Fox News interviewed Heritage Action’s CEO Michael Needham on Sunday about the entire controversy. Needham only skirted around giving direct answers, so everyone remains in the dark. When asked directly about Heritage acting as Bannon’s “safety net,” Needham only accused media of trying to divide conservatives.
If Bannon does come to the Foundation’s leadership, it will cause quite a shift in values for the think tank. He has called himself “economic nationalist” who “anti-establishment,” and even reported to the Washington Post in 2013 that the Heritage Foundation was responsible for growing Paul Ryan in a “petri dish.”
As rumors continue to fly and information grows more and more vague, employees at Heritage can only expect the unexpected when they come into the office.