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jim demint

jim demint

U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint – one of the few Republicans in Washington D.C. who has consistently protected the best interests of the taxpayers – is reportedly telling his top financial donors to “keep their power dry” as it relates to the upcoming 2012 presidential race.

FITS has spoken with two prominent conservative donors who claim that DeMint used that specific language in conversations with them. Neither donor would elaborate on what else DeMint said, however.

Obviously, the implication is that DeMint – who briefly flirted with a presidential bid himself – is dissatisfied with the current GOP crop of candidates (who can blame him) and has found an as-yet-unannounced candidate to support.

With the exception of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, most of the presumed 2012 candidates have either officially launched their candidacies or said that they aren’t running.

(To read our first impressions on the 2012 field, click here. To read our latest “status update” on the race, click here).

DeMint has had kind words for Palin in the past, although it would obviously be a leap to assume that he’s asking his donors to hold off in anticipation of the former Alaska governor jumping into the race.

DeMint supported former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2008 election. Last week, he told Roll Call – a Washington D.C.-based publication – that he was still undecided as it related to the 2012 race.

“I haven’t stricken anybody off my list, or put anybody on it, really,” DeMint told the publication. “And it’s going to be several months before I look at endorsing.”

Obviously, DeMint’s nod is widely-viewed as the most sought-after endorsement of the  2012 “First in the South” Palmetto presidential primary.