Former Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint is set to join the Convention of States project.
The project's obvious goal is to call a convention of states, as allowed for by Article V of the Constitution, in order to halt the ever-expanding federal government and return to government as intended by the Founders. DeMint will serve as a senior advisor to the project, focusing on grassroots support for the initiative.
The former South Carolina senator told USA TODAY that this is the only way left to "drain the swamp."
"[Tea Party Conservatives] realize that all the work they did in 2010 has not resulted in all the things they hoped for," said DeMint. "Many of them are turning to Article V."
DeMint will join former Senate colleague Tom Coburn, who is also a senior advisor at the Convention of States project.
DeMint was ousted as president of the vastly influential Heritage Foundation in May after an upheaval in the organization's internal politics. He surprised many after leaving the U.S. Senate in 2012 to run the Foundation. Equally as surprising was his swift undoing, which divided many within Heritage and the conservative movement at large.
A class-act, DeMint had only this to say about his former employer: "Heritage has never been more effective or influential, but clearly the board decided to take a different direction."