Our readers know current big business/insurance company supported Supreme Court Candidate Bubba Pierce has been making lots of new out of state friends lately. Former Supreme Court Justice Fred Banks, Chair of the Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention, has taken a dim view of what Bubba’s new friends are saying as we reported yesterday. Mr Banks went a step further an released a copy of the letter he sent to Bubba’s campaign letting him know he is responsible for the slander contained in the LEAA ads against Bubba’s opponent Current Justice Oliver Diaz. Anita Lee has the story for the Sun Herald including reporting WLOX has belatedly pulled the ads:
Supreme Court candidate Randy “Bubba” Pierce said he had nothing to do with misleading and inaccurate advertisements run about his opponent, incumbent Justice Oliver Diaz, but a judicial elections committee wants Pierce to tell ad sponsors they should stop their attacks.
A group called the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, whose supporters are anonymous, has attacked Diaz on television with inaccurate and misleading claims about his Supreme Court rulings, implying Diaz supports killers and rapists. A direct-mail print ad that supports Pierce in the Southern District race says out-of-state trial lawyers are trying to buy the seat, although campaign-finance reports reflect few contributions for Diaz from outside Mississippi.
The LEAA television ads, which the Sun Herald first reported to be false and misleading, have run throughout the district. Although Leon Long of WLOX-TV in Biloxi did not return a telephone call requesting comment, Diaz campaign manager Christie Yoste said Thursday afternoon the station agreed to pull the ads after almost two weeks of air time.
“I’m so glad they did the right thing,” Yoste said. “Those ads should not have been run to begin with because they are obvious distortions.”
The Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention, created by the state Supreme Court, denounced the advertisements Wednesday in a news release. Pierce’s campaign said it is suspect that he was the only candidate cited over the MFEP ads, even though they appeared in Supreme Court races across the state.
Poor ol Bubba is feeling picked on. I can only imagine how his opponent felt when the false and misleading LEAA ad’s ran that lied about his votes on cases involving child molesters and baby killers. Here is the letter written by former Justice Bankscalling Bubba Pierce to task. Notice the bob and weave on Pierce’s part trying to make this about the Chamber of Commerce commercials run on his behalf when Mr Banks speaks only to the LEAA ads:
Certain television ads have been brought to the attention of the Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention. These ads are being run by the Law Enforcement Alliance for America and attack Justice Diaz based upon votes in particular cases.
The Special Committee has concluded that these ads are violative of the Code of Judicial Conduct in that they urge judges to behave in a partial rather than impartial manner in deciding the cases before the court.
Accordingly, the Special Committee requests that you do the following:
(1) State whether the television ads were in any way authorized by you;
(2) If authorized, cease and desist, from further use of these ads;
(3) If it was not authorized, advise the organization, Law Enforcement Alliance for America, that the ad is not authorized and that it is your desire that the organization cease and desist from further use of this ad.
Because of the fact that the election is less than 10 days from now, the Special Committee must act expeditiousiy. Accordingly, it will issue the press release in the form attached to this letter regarding this matter.