Newest Tea Partier: Clarence Thomas' Wife

Virginia Thomas may test traditional judicial impartiality
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2010 1:02 PM CDT
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, accompanied by wife Virginia Lamp Thomas, listens as he is introduced at the Federalist Society in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – If Samuel Alito's State of the Union faux pas was a shot across the bow of the Supreme Court's tightly held impartiality, then Clarence Thomas' wife, Ginni, might be taking another. Spurred by the "hard-left agenda" of President Obama, the conservative justice's wife of 23 years recently founded Liberty Central Inc., a Tea Party-linked nonprofit that will lobby on behalf of conservative "core principles."

While there are no rules binding the partisan activities of justices' spouses, reports the LA Times, Ginni Thomas is nevertheless headed onto an uncharted, possibly slippery slope. "I really don't know because we've never seen it," says one law expert. Thomas is undeterred: "I adore all the new citizen patriots who are rising up across this country," Thomas told CPAC. "I have felt called to the front lines with you, with my fellow citizens, to preserve what made America great."

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