South Carolina senator Jim DeMint has opted out of the 38th annual
Conservative Political Action Conference next month, joining a list of
social conservatives upset with the event's inclusion of the gay
Republican group GOProud.
"With leading conservatives organizations not participating this year,
Sen. DeMint will not be attending. He hopes to attend a unified CPAC
next year," DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton said in an e-mail, as reported by Politico's Ben Smith.
The Family Research Council, the Heritage Foundation, and Concerned Women for America have boycotted CPAC in part because of GOProud's attendance.