In 2008, three candidates ran for the first district seat vacated by retiring Justice Pascal Calogero—Republican Judge Jimmy Kuhn, Democratic Judge Roland Belsome, and Republican Judge Greg Guidry. In a contest for the fifth district seat, First Circuit Judge Jeff Hughes challenged incumbent Justice Kitty Kimball . Guidry and Kimball won their respective seats. Candidates and special interest groups spent over $1 million on television ads in 2008, running a number of negative attack ads. This is a sharp increase from the $153,212 that was spent on television advertising in 2004.
July 28, 2008 – Belsome Versus the Bully
In this ad by Judge Belsome, he is seen confronting a bully as a young boy.
August 22, 2008 – Belsome People’s Court
This ad by Judge Belsome says it’s “time to get big business lobbyists out of the court.”
August 25, 2008 – Hughes, Where in the World?
In this ad, Judge Hughes asks, “Where in the world is Kimball?”
August 27, 2008 – Kimball Grandmother
This ad by Justice Kimball touts her experience as a grandmother.
August 28, 2008 – Guidry Quiet Strength
This ad by Judge Guidry highlights his experience.
September 15, 2008 – Kuhn Most Experience
This ad explains why Judge Kuhn is the most experienced judge for the bench.
September 18, 2008 – Guidry Message to America
In this ad, Judge Guidry sends a message to America about Louisiana getting stronger.
September 19, 2008 – Set New Standards
This as says Kitty Kimball is an “experienced justice for families.”
September 22, 2008 – Hughes Vote Early
In this ad, voters tell viewers that they case a ballot early for Judge Hughes.
September 23, 2008 – Hughes Bio
This ad by Jeff Hughes says he will “return the highest ethical standards to the Supreme Court.”
September 26, 2008 – Guidry Ethics and Values
This ad says Judge Guidry “will uphold family values and ethics”.
September 28, 2008 – Kimball Built Reputation
Justice Kimball says, “I have built my reputation on integrity and treating people fairly.”
September 29, 2008 – Guidry Louisiana’s Rising
Judge Guidry claims he will bring the High Court up to Louisiana’s rising standards.
September 29, 2008 – Guidry Big Differences
This ad highlights Judge Guidry’s differences with Judge Kuhn, and notes that Judge Kuhn used to be a Democrat as well as a personal injury attorney.
September 29, 2008 – Guidry Big Differences Rev.
This ad says Guidry and Kuhn are both experienced judges, but there are big differences between them.
September 29, 2008 – Regular Democratic Organization (RDO) Four Endorsements
The RDO endorses Moreno, Belsome, Cannizzaro, and Skrmetta for the Supreme Court.
September 30, 2008 – Alliance for Good Government Recommends
The Alliance for Good Government (AGG) recommends Judge Belsome for office.
September 30, 2008 – Former LA Gov. Mike Foster for Kuhn
In this ad, former Governor Foster recalls his efforts at tort reform and endorses Judge Kuhn.
October 1, 2008 – Belsome Some Ethics
This ad by Judge Belsome claims Judge Guidry abused his judgeship in an unethical manner.
October 21, 2008 – Big Differences 3
This ad by the Louisiana Conservative Action Network compares Judge Guidry to Judge Kuhn.
October 24, 2008 – Walter Reed
District Attorney Walter Reed, Senator Ben Nevers, and Senator Jack Donahue endorse Judge Kuhn in this ad.
October 27, 2008 – Alliance for Justice Guidry Pollster
In this ad, a “pollster” tells Judge Guidry that voters don’t like that he took money from various sources.
October 27, 2008 – Kuhn Some Ethics
This ad by Judge Kuhn claims that if voters want an ethical Supreme Court, they shouldn’t elect Judge Guidry.
October 29, 2008 – AGG Candidate Endorsement
The Alliance for Good Governance endorses several candidates in this ad, including Judge Kuhn.
October 29, 2008 – Guidry Strange Characters
Judge Guidry tells viewers not to believe strange characters like the “pollster” in a previous Judge Kuhn ad. He then explains he has never accepted questionable donations.
October 29, 2008 – LACAN Kuhn Smear Squad
This ad by the Louisiana Conservative Action Network claims, as “a former personal injury lawyer, Judge Jimmy Kuhn let dozens of violent and drug criminals walk without any jail time.”
October 29, 2008 – LACAN Kuhn Smear Squad 18 Months
This ad by the Louisiana Conservative Action Network says Judge Kuhn lets criminals walk without any jail time.
October 30, 2008 – Guidry Best for Louisiana
In this ad, various people claim Judge Guidry is a strong conservative with good values.
October 30, 2008 – Guidry Set Record Straight
Various individuals set the record straight in this ad, claiming Judge Guidry would have prosecuted Fields if given the chance, but he was not.
October 30, 2008 – RDO Endorses Candidates
The Regular Democratic Organization endorses a slate of candidates, in this ad.
October 31, 2008 – Kuhn Fails the Test
This ad by Judge Kuhn claims Judge Guidry took contributions, some of which were “intended to be bribes.”
October 31, 2008 – Kuhn Most Important Thing
This ad shows Judge Kuhn speaking to a class, telling them the most important thing for a judge is fairness and to be clear of special interest money.
November 3, 2008 – Kuhn Guidry’s Victims
Judge Kuhn tells viewers that “he’s the target” of Judge Guidry’s smear ads funded by special interests, but “we’re all the victims.”
November 3, 2008 – Kuhn November 2nd
This ad by Judge Kuhn claims the Committee on Judicial Oversight officially sanctioned Judge Guidry for his misleading campaign against Judge Kuhn.