Justice Thomas' wife takes less public role

December 3, 2010

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WASHINGTON—Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is giving up her role as the head of a conservative advocacy group that has worked with the Tea Party movement, while taking a less prominent role.

Her group, Liberty Central, is joining with another organization, the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty of Manassas, Va.

Thomas will serve as a consultant to the new alliance between the groups. Former FBI agent Gary Aldrich, the Henry Center's founder, will be the chief executive of both groups.

The groups have been in talks for about a month.

Thomas has worked for many years in Republican and conservative politics. She attracted additional attention in October when she left a voice-mail message for Anita Hill asking her to apologize for a 19-year-old sexual harassment accusation that nearly kept Clarence Thomas off the Supreme Court.

In an interview published online by the Daily Caller, Thomas said the phone call to Hill "was probably a mistake on my part."

But she called "laughable" the idea that her resignation as Liberty Central's chief executive stems from the extensive media coverage of the message to Hill.