South Carolina Sen. and Tea Party leader Jim DeMint (R) took a victory lap of sorts early Tuesday, touting that five of his endorsed 2010 Senate candidates will be sworn into Congress on Wednesday.
In an email to supporters of his Senate Conservatives Fund, DeMint said Sens.-elect Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) are "are genuine leaders who will stand up to the big spenders in both political parties."
The email is a sign that DeMint is keeping his political supporters engaged this year. The email had the subject line, "Say No to RINOs in 2011," and asked his supporters to contribute to his political committee.
DeMint also seemed to indicate that his political operation will remain fully functional in 2011 after having a major influence on getting Tea Party conservatives through Republican primaries in 2010.
"Over the next few months, I will keep you updated on the major legislative battles taking place in the Senate so you can take action to encourage your senators to fight for less government and more freedom," DeMint wrote. "I will also share information with you about the key 2012 Senate races taking place across the country so you can support the best candidates in the nation."
In the 2010 cycle, DeMint wrote that his Senate Conservatives Fund contributed more than $9 million to candidates.