Walker and Thomas posed for photos together

Remarking on a photo of Herschel Walker and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones of New York asked whether Thomas will recuse himself from any cases that emerge from the Peach State’s 2022 Senate election contest. And Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut pushed for the passage of the “Supreme Court Ethics Act.”

Walker, a former NFL player, is running to serve as a U.S. senator from Georgia and has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Walker will be competing in the Republican primary next month. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who entered office in early 2021 after winning a special election runoff, is seeking election to a full six-year term.

“Herschel got to spend time with Justice Thomas while in DC to receive the Horatio Alger Award this week,” Walker’s communications director Mallory Blount tweeted, along with a photo of Walker with Thomas.

“Will Justice Thomas now recuse himself from matters arising under this year’s Senate election in Georgia?” Rep. Jones tweeted in response to the photo.

Sen. Murphy called for the passage of the “Supreme Court Ethics Act,” legislation which calls for the establishment of a code of conduct for justices and judges. Murphy introduced the bill with Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia.

“A conservative Supreme Court justice doing a photo op with a Republican candidate in a competitive primary. I think the court has crossed the rubicon. We need to pass the Supreme Court Ethics Act,” Murphy tweeted.

Walker tweeted a photo of himself with Thomas and another individual — the tweet included the comment, “Great to be with an incredible Supreme Court Justice and an even better man, Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas is a strict Constitutionalist who has dedicated his life to law and order.”

Thomas was nominated by George H. W. Bush and has served on the high court since 1991. The 73-year-old, who is currently the second oldest member of the Supreme Court, will be the oldest member once Justice Stephen Breyer retires later this year.

Last month, Thomas was hospitalized “after experiencing flu-like symptoms,” according to a Supreme Court press release. Thomas was later released after his hospital stay.

Alex Nitzberg