DeMint nails it.

(The Hill) — Collective bargaining has no place in representative democracy and public employee unions have an “insidious relationship” with Democrats, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said Tuesday.

DeMint weighed in strongly on behalf of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who’s been locked in a protracted battle with public employees over legislation that would strip their unions of most collective bargaining rights.

“It’s a bigger issue than people think, and it’s something that I’m going to work a lot on, because I really don’t think that collective bargaining has any place in representative government,” DeMint said on WVOC radio.

Many Republicans in Washington have publicly backed Walker in his battle against public workers. Democrats in the state Senate have fled the state to deny a vote on the labor reforms, and have vowed not to return until they win concessions from the GOP governor. The situation has become a flashpoint for labor rights and ballooned state deficits.

DeMint said public employee unions enjoy an “insidious relationship” with Democrats, since the state workers are working to support lawmakers who favor maintaining benefits for those workers.