The goal of the group is to create a “support system” to ensure up-and-coming conservative lawmakers arriving in Washington, D.C., stick to principles.
DeMint will be joined by a “team of experienced Capitol Hill veterans who have fought and beaten back the Washington establishment,” the website adds.
- He’s [DeMint’s] recruited a small team of experienced movement conservatives — including Heritage alums Ed Corrigan, Wesley Denton, and Rachel Bovard.
- Corrigan, who will be CPI’s executive director, is impeccably connected in the movement, on the Hill and inside the Trump Administration. He’s well-placed to build a “job pool” for conservative members as he’s just come off the Trump transition, where he helped fill hundreds of jobs in the administration.
Per CPI’s mission statement, they are “dedicated to providing a platform for citizen leaders, the conservative movement, Members of Congress, congressional staff and scholars to be connected.” CPI will also provide “leaders with the tools, tactics, resources and strategies to help make them successful in advancing conservative policy solutions.”
The group was created to combat the complacency Republicans adopt — with few exceptions — when they come here to Washington, D.C. Conservatives, it argues, are susceptible to becoming creatures of the Swamp because they are “surrounded by enormous institutional and media pressures to bend to the status quo of big government.”
Our Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson applauded this announcement on social media:
We knew Jim DeMint wouldn’t be deterred after being forcibly removed from Heritage Foundation earlier this summer. It will be interesting to see what this group accomplishes. If it’s modeled like Senate Conservatives Fund, another pet project of DeMint, it’ll do exceedingly well in influencing policy here in the nation’s capital.