You may have seen a report yesterday from Roll Call noting that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who is a voice for the tea party movement in Congress, was about to endorse Mitt Romney in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. It’s apparently not true:
“That story is a fabrication made up of anonymous sources that obviously have no clue what Senator DeMint is thinking,” spokesman Wesley Denton said. “He has said over and over again that he is not leaning toward any candidate yet and may end up not endorsing in the presidential race.”
Matt Hoskins, who runs DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund, said DeMint is “looking to see who wins over the grassroots, and so far Governor Romney has not done that.”
“These operatives don’t know what they’re talking about. Senator DeMint is not leaning toward anyone at this point,” Hoskins said of the story this morning.
The idea isn’t too far fetched. DeMint did endorse Romney than the rest of the candidates combined, back in 2008. However, DeMint made it clear earlier this year that he wouldn’t endorse Romney, who has received more endorsements from members of Congress, this time around without a repudiation of RomneyCare, which served as the blueprint for ObamaCare.
It’s probably wise for DeMint and other members of Congress to steer clear of endorsements. You don’t want take an early shot in the dark on a candidate and then come up empty; only to find yourself on a new president’s bad side.