Under the Dome

Democrats make hay of DeMint visit

The state Democratic Party is trying to raise some money over former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's visit to Raleigh this week.

DeMint, who is president of the Heritage Foundation, said he was in North Carolina to spread the grass roots work of the Washington-based think tank.

But the Democrats stressed his Senate role as a leader of the Tea Party movement.

“Today, Tea Party Kingmaker Jim DeMint landed in North Carolina to scope out prospective far-right, fringe candidates for 2014,” said the fund raising letter. “The former South Carolina Senator turned Heritage Foundation President is making his second stop in North Carolina this month.

"We’ve got to prevent far-right outside interest groups from buying elections in our state, chip in $5, $25 or $100 today to fight extremism in North Carolina.''

“DeMint, known for questioning the constitutionality of Medicare and standing by 2012’s Todd Akin, is widely expected to be courted by rumored U.S. Senate candidates, Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis during his visit,'' said the fund raising letter.

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