Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Keith Patin will be re-elected in October, that according to Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Keith Patin. 

                 Keith Patin, man of history

The District 8 Republican first-termer invited — then uninvited (more on that in moment) — members of the media to join him Monday in celebrating his 55th birthday at a Lafayette sub shop, during which he will make an “ANNOUNCEMENT OF RE-ELECTION!,” according to the invitation (see below) attached to the email.

In announcing his re-election before he’s actually re-elected — we’re not even aware of any declared candidate planning to run against him unless erstwhile District 7 contender Craig Spikes, who, thanks to redistricting, is now in District 8 — Patin exhibits the bold confidence, vigor of spirit and dubious grasp of the electoral process that have endeared him to his south Lafayette constituents.

We’re kidding, of course. We know he meant to say he’ll announce that he’s seeking re-election. We just couldn’t resist.

As The Daily Advertiser points out today, state law bars an elected official from using taxpayer property — in this case LCG’s email system — for campaign business. On Wednesday afternoon, Council Clerk Norma Dugas sent out Patin’s invitation via LCG, then 20 minutes later rescinded the invite. Patin sent out the same invitation using his personal email address Thursday morning.

Happy birthday, Keith.


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