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Ginny Thomas Steps Down From Liberty Central

Ginny Thomas Steps Down From Liberty Central

The damage may already be done, but it looks as though Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, will resign as president and CEO of Liberty Central, the Tea Party think tank she founded.  According to published report, Thomas is stepping down because she would like to spare the organization the “distractions” caused by her celebrity.

Thomas gave no indication that she was stepping down to spare the Supreme Court for the same reasons.

Thomas first came under scrutiny for the affiliation when she refused to disclose donors of the group, despite the fact that the very nature of Liberty Central all but assured that some of those donors would have matters pending before the Court.  Judicial ethics require a sitting justice to recuse him or herself in those circumstances.  But without any disclosure then there is no basis to require (or demand) a recusal from Thomas’ husband.

Thomas has repeatedly insisted that her presence advocating on behalf of a political group and for issues that would likely find their way before the Court was in no way a conflict of interest for her husband.  She has also insisted that the group is far more benign than media reports would indicate.

However, Liberty Central has been linked with several far-right fringe groups including Gun Owners of America (whose leader recently declared “war” on the federal government) and the Missouri Sovereignty Project, whose Web site features a video threatening armed insurrection against the government.

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6:30PM PST on Jan 4, 2011

Noted

9:52PM PST on Nov 30, 2010

"distractions" caused by her celebrity??? or does she just want to spend more time with her family!!! -- her sleazy family, name of Clarence! What a hoot she is.

1:47AM PST on Nov 19, 2010

About time .

9:48PM PST on Nov 17, 2010

Come on, she quit because she got caught drunk dialing Anita Hill at 7:30 in the morning.

7:10PM PST on Nov 17, 2010

Now her husband needs to step down.

6:33PM PST on Nov 17, 2010

'Bye, Ginny. Don't let the door bang you on the heinie as you go out.

12:17PM PST on Nov 17, 2010

"Tea Party think tank" - there's an oxymoron! I don't know what brand of tea this loopy lady has been sipping - but she apparently doesn't understand the concept of 'conflict of interest'. And as far as I can tell - she wasn't a 'celebrity' until she made her bizarro early morning call to Anita Hill.

11:37AM PST on Nov 17, 2010

Her "celebrity"?? Her singular claim to fame is being married to the worst Supreme Court since Abe Fortas (remember him, he was forced to resign?).

10:39AM PST on Nov 17, 2010

Do they have any children? Let's hope not. I'd hate to think this pair will pass down their perverted views.

9:30AM PST on Nov 17, 2010

Now, if only Clarence Thomas would step down, I would feel even better.

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