We apologize sincerely for posting about everyone's favorite state senator twice today, but it can't be helped. In this week's special Sex Week issue, reporter Betty Bean takes a look at the politics behind the event, which have led Sen. Stacey Campfield to introduce a couple of nonsense bills designed to prevent the University of Tennessee from funding any speakers on campus at all.
Campfield was supposed to talk about these bills last Friday at an event co-sponsored by the UT Young Democrats and Young Republicans, but he prematurely pulled out. Of course, Campfield posted an entirely different story on his blog, saying the Democrats had cancelled the event because they were afraid to hear what he had to say.
Well, as Bean reports, that's a complete lie. Don't believe her? Check out this correspondence between Josh Stovall, the UT student organizing the event, and Zach Dean, Campfield's chief of staff. This is the full, unedited transcript as provided to Bean.
We also obtained a copy of those questions that Campfield would and wouldn't answer. On his blog, Campfield said, "Some of the non approved questions I planned on addressing in my opening remarks or they weren't really pertaining to the topic at hand." However, as you can see from the list below, that's not actually the case at all. The ones marked with asterisks are the ones he refused to answer.
Questions submitted to Stacey Campfied by the College Republicans and College Democrats.1. Why take student fees out of student hands?2. Why do you support concealed carrying permits on campus?3. Explain your concerns with Sex Week.*4. What response from your constituents would merit a change to the bills regarding student fees?*5. Aside from your position as a Tennessee State Senator and your Knoxville property ownership, in what ways are you involved in your community?6. Describe the role of the state legislature as you see it in the management of state universities.*7. Would you prefer an all private university system?8. How do you feel you're representing your student constituents in sponsoring these bills?*9. Describe where you see yourself in the GOP.10. What do you hope to accomplish from your current legislation restructuring how student fees are spent at UT?11. Do you believe in smaller or larger government?12. What do you think is the federal government's role in state budgeting?*13. Is there any precedent for state legislation regarding student fees?*14. How much support do your bills currently have in the house and senate?*15. Sen. Campfield, as a member of the Cultural Attractions Committee your Bill troubles me. For instance, last week we brought a group of Tibetan monks to come and create a mandala and give several lectures on various topics such as the Tibetan diaspora and how to live a happy life. With your proposed legislation that would have been no longer feasible. With over 500 attendees, not all of whom were University students but were also members of the community, how do you justify de-funding of such diversifying programming? And what would then constitute "speech?" Would that also bring in dance and music acts which could be construed as a form of "speech?" Thank you very much16. What do you consider to be the most important responsibility of your job as a state senator?17. What prompted your interest in the allotment and application of student fees?*18. How you define membership to a student organization?
We know most politicians are apt to fudge the truth, but Campfield simply flat out lies. But if that's what you want in your state legislator, please, keep voting for the man. Who are we to suggest you do otherwise?