Maybe I should just dedicate this blobber to State Senator Stacey Campfield. The Republican seems determined to make headlines in as offensive a manner as possible whenever he gets the opportunity...
After only a week of the General Assembly's new legislative session, Campfield (R-Knoxville) has been featured prominently on the nightly news, both for his dubious "Don't Say Gay" revised bill requiring teachers to "out" suspected gay kids to their parents, and for his proposal to cut off welfare benefits for any recipient whose child's academics fail to meet his standards of excellence.
Now it seems the good Senator has responded to letters critical of his proposals with letters of his own, written on state stationary, urging his critics to seek medical care.
In letters written to at least three citizens of the state, Campfield used the identical language:
"Have you ever thought about therapy? I hear they are doing some wonderful things with medications these days." and signed by the Senator with the words "Yours in service".
According to this morning's The Tennessean (motto: "What can we say? You voted for this asshat!") Campfield's sarcastic response has been picked up by several national websites, including TMZ, Hollywood Gossip, and Reddit.
Here's a copy of the note written to Campfield by Telisha Arguelles Cobb of Berry Hill, whose letter appeared on Reddit along with Campfield's hateful reply:
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On Friday The Tennessean contacted the Senator to ask about this response to constituents, and Campfield has this to say:
"I'm not their little pinata"... "I'm not going to put up with personal attacks."
Is it too much to ask that our state's elected representatives be professional and respectful of the people of Tennessee, even when some of those voters are critical of their legislative actions?
Campfield is becoming quite the national joke. He once told a radio audience during an interview that the AIDs virus could be tracked back to a gay man having sex with a monkey...
"It was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men It was an airline pilot, I believe, if I recall correctly."
And when the interviewer attempted to stop him on this point, Campfield added:
"My understanding and correct me if I'm wrong, Mr. Science, on this, but my understanding also is that it is virtually — not completely impossible — it's virtually impossible to contract AIDS outside of blood transfusions through heterosexual sex. It's virtually impossible. If you are having anal sex, yes, you are much more likely to contract AIDS."
So it's pretty obvious Sen. Campfield has deep-rooted homophobic issues. He also sponsored a bill to require death certificates for aborted fetuses in an attempt to determine the exact number of abortions taking place in Tennessee.
Senator Campfield's legislative website lists him as "single". That doesn't tell us anything about his sexual preferences, but then again, he and Lindsey Graham might look for their daily suits in the same little closet. Perhaps Campfield's fears of homosexuals stems from some sort of twisted self-loathing?
Or maybe I should just seek medical attention for my own problems. Without a doubt, they're doing wonderful things with medications these days...