We try to write about state Sen. Stacey Campfield as little as possible, because it's clear that most of the nonsense he does, he does only to get attention. He's a media whore in the worst way, and if we wrote about every crazy piece of legislation he introduced, we'd never get anything else done. Since Campfield as of yet doesn't have a sponsor in the House for his crazy bill to tie welfare (TANF) payments to school performance, or his crazy newly revamped and even more offensive "Don't Say Gay (Unless You're Saying It to the Child's Parents After He/She Discussed It With a School Counselor)", we're hoping the bill limits Speaker Beth Harwell introduced in the House will prevent any of this nonsense from ever coming to the floor.
That said, however, it doesn't mean that his constituents shouldn't be pissed as hell that he's wasting their time and money in the Capitol by introducing such nonsense. One of them, Telisha Arguelles Cobb, sent an email to the senator expressing her displeasure.
Senator Campfield,I am writing to you today as a mother, active citizen and born & raised Tennessean. You are an embarrassment to our great state. Folks all over the country and here in Tennessee are looking at the bills that you are proposing in shock. They are the most ignorant and morally lacking legislation that could be proposed this year. It is clear that you are targeting homosexuals and low income families with hogwash legislation. You need to search your heart, your values and your Christianity to find a better way to represent us as a whole. We will do everything in our power to make sure that you are not here in 2014. There are numerous grass roots parties that are making their voices heard.ThanksTelisha Arguelles Chris Cobb
Instead of just ignoring the message, or replying with a form letter -- you know, the way most politicians would handle things -- Campfield emailed Cobb back with the following response:
You seem to have some serious, deep anger issues. Have you ever thought about therapy? I hear they are doing some wonderful things with medications these days.Yours in service,Sen. Stacey Campfield
Cobb has a screencap up on her Facebook page, so it seems unlikely that she's making this up. We are of course not surprised that Campfield would be so rude, but we were still taken a little aback. Therapy? Medication? Just because you disagree with someone? And lord knows Cobb wasn't nearly as rude as she could have been. We can think of a number of much more inflammatory statements to write.
So, anyway, that's your update on what's happening in the august halls of the legislature today. We'll be back with more tomorrow.