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Clarence Thomas' Wife Exits Conservative Group's Top Post

Virginia Thomas and husband U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in Utah for the swearing-in of Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas R. Lee, July 2010. Francisco Kjolseth/AP Photo hide caption

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Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, is stepping down from the leadership of the conservative activism group she founded, Liberty Central.

The Washington Post reports she's stepping down because she didn't want her celebrity to distract from the group's mission.

Thomas recently made headlines with a strange voicemail she left for Anita Hill, the woman who in during his Senate confirmation hearings in 1991 claimed that Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her.

Ginni Thomas said she was calling to ask for Hill to consider an apology. A shocked Hill turned the voicemail over to police and it eventually became public.

A Post excerpt:

"She'll take a back seat so that Liberty Central can continue with its mission without any of the distractions," Carroll said. "After discussing it with the board, Mrs. Thomas determined that it was best for the organization."

Ginni Thomas' activism on behalf of conservative causes have raised ethical questions because of her husband's membership on the nation's high court which may have to decide issues on which his wife has lobbied.