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God Bless Knox County, Tennessee. They got rid of crazy state senator Stacey Campfield on Thursday in the Republican Primary.
Campfield had several famous snafus over the years that have drawn national attention, mainly because he is really really profoundly stupid.
He wanted to pass a "Don't Say Gay" law for the schools, and toss teachers into jail if they ever mentioned the subject. Plus, he went on the record with his views about AIDS being a disease for people who "have sex with monkeys" and never for heterosexuals. *facepalm*
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Then he wanted to tie foodstamps and welfare for families to the grades their children were making in schools. Yeah, because kids having trouble with school shouldn't be able to eat, and neither should their parents and siblings. Are there no workhouses?
When he came across some little children and their mothers protesting his ideas in the hallways of the Statehouse, he mocked them by saying their parents were using them as "Props." That also made the national news. The Moms were not amused, to say the least. I bet they would love to see Campfield's report cards!
Campfield also posted what he thought was a humorous picture of a weaponized pressure cooker after the Boston Bombing. He was apparently trying (and failing) to say that it's as useless to ban assault rifles as it is to ban pressure cookers, or something like that - except that most pressure cookers are not weaponized, and people were either dead or in the hospital! He later removed the blog post after uproar ensued. Then he tried to gloss over it with an equally asinine statement about the Sandy Hook Massacre, which he also later moved, but I made a copy of it. Total genius at making a jerk of himself in the most insensitive way possible.
Inappropriate? Me? Never!
I Just got a call from the media saying they had gotten a few calls (about a blog post I did) saying it was inappropriate after the Boston bombing.
If my post was inappropriate talking about "crock pot control" then where is the outrage from the left when they push for gun control after the Sandy Hook shooting? Im sorry if I exposed your double standard....
Well, not really.
~ Tenn. State Sen. Campfield responding to media questions about why he posted a tasteless picture of a pressure cooker on his previous blog post
During the election campaign, there was a parody play showing in Knoxville called "Stampfield," making fun of Campfield's positions:
From the Tennessean
Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, who has made national headlines for backing controversial bills and making statements lampooned by late-night comedians, lost his bid for a second Senate term decisively Thursday.He was still being an offensive moron even this year:
Campfield, a mainstay at the legislature since being elected to the House in 2004, finished with 5,824 votes, just 28 percent of the overall vote, compared to 13,977 votes, 67 percent, for Richard Briggs, a Knox County commissioner.
From The Knoxville Sentinal
Most recently, Campfield made national news when he compared the federal health care law to the forced transportation of Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust in a blog post.Always charming!
"Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign-ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign-ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s," he wrote. The misspelling of "mandatory" appeared in the original text.
Campfield's remark drew swift condemnation and demands for apology from both Democratic and Republican leaders in the state - including the governor.
"Words matter, and to make the comparison to the Holocaust is wrong, inappropriate and insensitive," said Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, a former Knoxville mayor.
After he lost the election, Campfield didn't make a formal statement, but merely put the Frank Sinatra song "My Way" on his blog. By Saturday morning, the video had been taken down due to copyright. Seems like a fitting end - he didn't get his way after all.