Justice Thomas's Wife Steps Aside as Head of Activist Group

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife, Virginia, is stepping down as the head of Liberty Central, the nonprofit group she founded to support the Tea Party movement.

She “will continue to play an influential role as a consultant” to the group, which will be joining forces with another grassroots organization, the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, according to a press release issued by the two groups today.

Virginia Thomas was in the news in October after she telephoned Anita Hill, the woman whose sexual harassment allegations almost derailed her husband’s 1991 Supreme Court nomination, and asked for an apology.

In an interview with the Daily Caller website published today, Thomas said the phone call is “a private matter” and “was probably a mistake on my part.”

Thomas’s work with Liberty Central, along with her husband’s role on the Supreme Court, also triggered questions. In October she asked to have her name removed from a memo that called President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul “unconstitutional,” distancing herself from an issue that may come before the high court.

Gary Aldrich, the founder of the Manassas, Virginia-based Patrick Henry Center, will run the combined organization, the groups said. The Patrick Henry Center advocates for limited government, individual liberty and low taxes, according to its website.

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