Waller sidles up to big business, Banks refuses to, campaign picks up

Yesterday at the Stennis Institute/Capitol Press Corps forum, the candidates for the Central District Supreme Court spot squared off over campaign finance. The issue arose because sitting Chief Justice Bill Waller has been taking money from political action committees (PACs), while his challenger, Rep. Earle Banks, has not.

Banks’ response to Waller’s acceptance of PAC money is was powerful, especially considering how former Chief Justice Jim Smith lost his seat (in the very same Central District) 4 years ago: