Justice Clarence Thomas spent time at the U.S. Supreme Court this week with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker, posing for a photo tweeted out by the former football star’s campaign spokesperson.
The photo comes amid scrutiny of the conservative justice stemming from the political activities of his wife, Virginia Thomas, including text messages she sent urging then-President Donald Trump’s chief of staff to do more to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory.
A number of judicial-ethics experts have said those efforts should have prompted Thomas to recuse himself from election-related cases the court handled. Thomas was the lone dissenter when the court cleared the way for some of Trump’s White House papers to be turned over to the congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
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Neither Thomas nor Walker’s campaign immediately responded to requests for comment.
And this has caught some Democrats attention:
Of course this looks insanely problematic, especially with the latest news about Thomas’ wife. Which by the way, the majority of people believe he needs to recuse himself:
Fifty-two percent of Americans say Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should recuse himself from cases related to the 2020 election in the wake of recently revealed texts Thomas’ wife, Ginni, had sent about the efforts to overturn the election, according to a Quinnipiac poll released on Wednesday.The slight majority of Americans that say Thomas should recuse himself includes 79% of Democrats, 53% of independents and 28% of Republicans.Overall, 39% say Thomas should not recuse himself, with 9% unsure.
Respondents to the survey were told that “it’s been reported that Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, communicated with former President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, urging him to pursue efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.”
We have to anticipate that this is going to be a tight race between Warnock and Walker as the recent polling indicates:
Something that I would like to point out in Emerson’s poll: There is a higher sample of Republican respondents (509) than Democratic respondents (453) and that might have to do with the fact that they also polled the GOP primaries for Governor and Secretary of State:
Walker leads the field of Republican candidates for the nomination with 57% of the vote, his closest competitor is Gary Black at 13%; 16% are undecided. Warnock leads the Democratic Senate primary with 85%, 10% are undecided.
In the race for Governor of Georgia, incumbent Brian Kemp has an 11-point lead over former Senate candidate David Perdue, 43% to 32%; 17% are undecided. In a potential runoff should neither Kemp or Perdue receive 50%, Kemp bests Perdue 44% to 39% while 16% are undecided.
A plurality (38%) of Republican primary voters say Trump’s endorsement of Perdue makes them more likely to support Perdue, 30% said it made them less likely and 32% said it made no difference. However, “a majority (58%) of undecided Republican gubernatorial primary voters say Trump’s endorsement of Perdue has no impact on their vote,” noted Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling.
Looking ahead to the November general election, Brian Kemp leads Stacey Abrams 51% to 44% with 5% undecided in hypothetical ballot tests. Against David Perdue, Abrams trails 44% to 49% with 7% undecided.
Kimball said, “Abrams holds the majority of support in the general election among voters under 50, while Kemp and Perdue have a strong majority of voters over 50. Abrams’ chances in November depend in large part on whether or not these younger voters turnout.”
A significantly larger portion of Republican primary voters are undecided in the race for Secretary of State at 37%. The incumbent Brad Raffensperger leads his Trump backed primary challenger Jody Hice 29% to 26%.
A majority (52%) of voters think Georgia runs fair elections. Thirty percent (30%) think it does not, and 18% are undecided. “A majority (69%) of Biden voters think the state runs fair elections while a plurality (41%) of Trump voters think it does not run fair elections,” Kimball said.
The primary is May 24th so anything could happen between now and then but the poll also shows that turnout is going to be important for Democrats, especially when it comes to voters under 50.
Speaking of Warnock, this is very sweet:
Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock shared a touching letter he wrote to his daughter Chloé after the Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the the first Black woman justice on the Supreme Court Thursday.
Warnock, 52, posted the letter – which he wrote on official Vice President stationary given to him by Kamala Harris – on Twitter, captioning the sentimental moment, “This one’s for you, Chloé.”
“Dear Chloé, Today, we confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court,” he began. “In our nation’s history, she is the first Supreme Court Justice who looks like you – with hair like yours.”
“While we were voting on the floor of the Senate, a friend of mine – the Vice President of the United States handed me this piece of paper and suggested I write a note to someone who comes to mind,” he continued, adding, “By the way, she is the first Vice President who also looks like you!”
Concluded Warnock: “So, I write this note to say you can be anything, achieve anything you set your head and heart to do! Love you! Dad.”
Also, let’s wish Senator Warnock a speedy recovery:
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