Virginia Thomas Denies Reports She’s Leaving Liberty Central

Nov 15, 2010 6:43pm

ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue reports:   A spokesperson for Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, denies published reports that Thomas is planning to leave or change her role at Liberty Central, a conservative political group she co-founded in part to energize Tea Party activists.

Sarah Field, the chief operating officer of Liberty Central, said in a statement that a Washington Post story suggesting the group would merge with the conservative Patrick Henry Center and that Thomas would step aside is "inaccurate."  But Fields left open the possibility that Thomas may indeed change her role in the future.

"Precisely because of Liberty Central’s effectiveness, many of these opportunities did present themselves to us and they are still in the discussion stages," Field wrote.

Thomas came under fire a few weeks ago for an article on Liberty Central’s website originally attributed to her that suggested the recently passed health care legislation was unconstitutional. Critics of Thomas suggested that given her comments her husband might need to recuse himself from the issue if it were to come before the court.

Liberty Central released a statement at the time saying it "assiduously avoids” taking positions on the "constitutionality" of issues.

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