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Jay Batt's Campaign

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  The Anybody But Batt campaign has seen better days. The political action committee, which helped Democrat Shelley Midura oust Republican Jay Batt from his District A City Council seat in 2006, has raised only $2,750 this year for a 2010 rematch and has spent all but $750, according to Nov. 9 campaign filings. Midura is not seeking re-election to the seat. In addition, J. Keith Hardie is quarterbacking the PAC without the assistance this go-round of fellow attorney Stuart Smith. Hardie remained hopeful last week. "We've got ("Anybody But Batt") signs and I've got about 14 requests for signs." Batt so far has opposition from two political newcomers, Susan Guidry, an attorney and neighborhood activist (www.electsusanguidry.com), and Virginia Blanque, a community activist and former staffer for City Councilman-At-Large Arnie Fielkow (www.electvirginiablanque.com). Batt, meanwhile, reported a war chest of $125,795 after spending $26,499 through Oct. 29. He has loaned his campaign $75,000. In addition, actor Bryan Batt, the former councilman's brother, recently staged a performance called "Batt on a Hot Tin Roof" at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre to help raise money for his brother's campaign (www.jaybatt.com). — Allen Johnson Jr.

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