Mrs. Clarence Thomas starts “tea party” group

Justice’s wife launches ‘tea party’ group
The nonprofit run by Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas, is likely to test notions of political impartiality for the court.

By Kathleen Hennessey

As Virginia Thomas tells it in her soft-spoken, Midwestern cadence, the story of her involvement in the “tea party” movement is the tale of an average citizen in action.

“I am an ordinary citizen from Omaha, Neb., who just may have the chance to preserve liberty along with you and other people like you,” she said at a recent panel discussion with tea party leaders in Washington. Thomas went on to count herself among those energized into action by President Obama’s “hard-left agenda.”

But Thomas is no ordinary activist.

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