Gary Aldrich

Virginia Thomas in New Role at Liberty Central, Says Call to Anita Hill Was “Probably a Mistake”

Gee…ya think Mrs. Thomas?

The BLT – The Blog Of Legal Times

Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, announced today she will serve as a consultant to a new organization created by an alliance between Liberty Central, the conservative advocacy group she created earlier this year, and the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty. The Patrick Henry Center’s longtime president Gary Aldrich will head both organizations. A press release detailing the new arrangement can be found here (.pdf.)

Meanwhile, in an interview published today by The Daily Caller, Virginia Thomas said she resigned as leader of Liberty Central on Thursday. But she said it was “laughable” to suggest that her change in roles at the organization was the result of adverse publicity about an October phone call she made to Anita Hill, the woman who once accused Justice Thomas of sexually harassing her.  Virginia Thomas said the call was “a private matter,” but added, “it was probably a mistake on my part.”

Thomas’s leadership in the group had drawn criticism because her funding sources were not revealed, and because it was taking positions on issues — including the healthcare reform law — that could come before her husband as a justice. In the Daily Caller interview, she said that was not the reason for her change in positions. “There are no problems with me doing what I constitutionally can do as a U.S. citizen,” she said. “I didn’t lose my constitutional rights when I married a judge.” But she did say,“It’s better for the organization not to be centered around a personality.” She added that “if you look at any of the established conservative groups, it’s hard for them to pull away from some of their leaders.”

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