The Misadventures of Ginni Thomas

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Feb. 4 2011 12:01 PM

The Misadventures of Ginni Thomas

Ken Vogel, Marin Cogan and John Bresnahan report on Ginni Thomas's life since leaving Liberty Central. It was a departure, you'll remember, that Liberty Central denied at the time. And last week, I noticed that Thomas was on the list of speakers who'd address the first meeting of the Tea Party Caucus, as a representative of "Liberty Central," but Gary Aldrich subbed for her and told me she was probably snowed in.

What I'm trying to say is that Thomas's situation is a mess.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, has recast herself yet again, this time as the head of a firm, Liberty Consulting, which boasts on its website using her "experience and connections" to help clients "with "governmental affairs efforts" and political donation strategies .

Thomas already has met with nearly half of the 99 GOP freshmen in the House and Senate, according to an e-mail she sent last week to congressional chiefs of staff, in which she branded herself "a self-appointed, ambassador to the freshmen class and an ambassador to the tea party movement."

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Roughly half a dozen aides for new members told POLITICO that their offices received handwritten meeting requests from Thomas the day after they were sworn in, as well as follow-up e-mails requesting a meeting with her — but only one of them had met with her. The rest had no plans to do so.

Thomas doesn't really talk to the press; in this story, she gets a phone call, complains about the connection, then never responds to more interview requests. So her side of the story must come from the Liberty Consulting web site.

Liberty Consulting offers advice for short or long term projects and bringing resources to bear for impact — whether it includes a short term bill-reading project, assistance on congressional oversight efforts or an effective coalition for impact. Additionally, Liberty Consulting offers advice on optimizing political investments for charitable giving in the non-profit world or political causes. 

So you can hire Ginni Thomas to help determine whether a bill will pass constitutional muster if it comes before, you know, her husband. And she's having trouble getting work! It's quite possible that a combination of media blackout and embarrassing gaffes that echo for weeks (the call to Anita Hill) is not a good way to build a consulting shop.

Also, I notice that some of the testimonials for her work are recycled from her Liberty Central days -- the ones from Robert P. George, Larry Arnn, and Rick Berman.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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