The Critical 'I'

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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

You may recall Paris Hilton's horse-falling incident in Tampa back in March, during filming for the second installment of "The Simple Life".

It turns out Hilton's fine derriere wasn't the only one being filmed: Hernando County ranch owner, and county commissioner hopeful, Jimmy Batten got his naked rear on camera during a carefree moment with the celebutantes:
"If I had known the camera was rolling, I probably wouldn't have done it," said Batten, who admits his reputation as a "colorful character" among east Hernando County residents...

"I don't have any idea how people will react," Batten added. "But I still think I'm going to be the (district's) next county commissioner."

In the show's first episode, scheduled to air June 16, Hilton seems to play on Batten's guilt over the fall, which resulted only in bruises and scratches.

He agrees to take them both to the nearby Boyette's Grove Citrus Attractions, an old-school tourist stand that combines a small zoo and aquarium with a gift shop and ice cream parlor.

Afterward, the women head back to his home, encouraging Batten to model his chaps, bottomless.

Emerging from his bedroom with a towel around his waist, Batten slips off the towel for a "quick glimpse" of his rear, which is blurred by the show's producers...

As one of eight Republicans vying for the District 5 seat, Batten may find the name recognition from his Simple Life 2 appearance outweighs any negative voter reaction, said Ana Trinque, chairman of the Republican Executive Committee in Hernando County.

"He should have known better . . . but I can't imagine this is going to be that big of a deal to his candidacy," said Trinque. "I think this is going to be one of Jimmy Batten's most embarrassing moments, but I don't think it will sink his campaign."
Witness the destructive trail left by the Hilton heiress! And while you're at it, you might as well witness Paris' own butt (among other choice cuts) exposure.