>Clarence Thomas’ wife starts tea party group

>Thanks to Mod Lumpkin over at The Board Room for alerting me to this. 

According to the LA Times, Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is planning to launch a tea party link to her nonprofit organization, Liberty Central. The website of the lobbying organization, which was created in January, will “organize activism around a set of conservative “core principles. 

The group plans to issue score cards for Congress members and be involved in the November election, although Thomas would not specify how. She said it would accept donations from various sources — including corporations — as allowed under campaign finance rules recently loosened by the Supreme Court.

“I adore all the new citizen patriots who are rising up across this country,” Thomas, who goes by Ginni, said on the panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “I have felt called to the front lines with you, with my fellow citizens, to preserve what made America great.”

The article goes on to say how this could serve as a conflict to Thomas, but Thomas shot back, asking if the question was one of liberal bias.

“I don’t involve myself in litigation. Are you asking that because there’s a different standard for conservatives? Did you ask Ed Rendell that question?” she said, referring to the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, who is married to a federal appellate court judge.

Um, no, it’s not a question of liberal bias. It’s a valid question as your husband is in a position to make legal decisions that can set intended and unintended precedents in this country. It should be noted that later in the story:

The judicial code of conduct does require judges to separate themselves from their spouses’ political activity. As a result, Marjorie Rendell, a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has stayed away from political events, campaign rallies and debates in Pennsylvania. Her husband discussed such issues in his first campaign for governor. Since then, Judge Rendell has sought the opinion of the judiciary’s Committee on Codes of Conduct when a case presents a possible conflict of interest involving her husband’s political office, she said.

More about Thomas:

Virginia Thomas has long been a passionate voice for conservative views. She has worked for former Republican Rep. Dick Armey of Texas and for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank with strong ties to the GOP. In 2000, while at the Heritage Foundation, she was recruiting staff for a possible George W. Bush administration as her husband was hearing the case that would decide the election. When journalists reported her work, Thomas said she saw no conflict of interest and that she rarely discussed court matters with her husband.

Checking out her biography on Liberty Central, Thomas seems to be a fan of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Laura Ingram and is “intrigued” by Glenn Beck. While it calls itself a nonpartisan lobbying organization, it’s clear the organization has an affinity for so-called conservative principles. The endorsements are filled with praise from Donald Rumsfeld, Morton C. Blackwell (president, The Leadership Institute), Edwin J. Feulner (president, The Heritage Foundation) and Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin (co-founders and national coordinators of the Tea Party Patriots).

While I have no problem with Thomas wanting to become an activist, this could serve as dangerous territory for her husband. It’s imperative for him to make sure the decisions he renders have no potential for conflicts of interests.

I find it fascinating that this woman is a fan of Glenn Beck, our favorite crazy uncle we loathe to take to family reunions.

Furthermore, with her being married to a black man, I wonder if she will turn a blind eye to the racist slogans/attacks on posters and flyers her fellow “patriots” will show at rallies.