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Tennessee Senator

Tells Pro-Gay Constituent

... You Need a Shrink

2/1/2013 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Fun Fact -- Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) personally responds to emails from his constituents ... how cool is that?

Not So Fun Fact -- If he doesn't like what you say, he'll tell you you're a mental case.

Backstory -- Sen. Campfield has been cloaked in controversy ever since he reintroduced the "Classroom Protection Act" to the Tennessee General Assembly this week ... also known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

The bill forbids teachers from discussing anything gay-related from kindergarten through 8th grade ... even banning the word "gay" itself from classroom discussion. The bill also has a provision requiring school counselors, principals, assistant principals and nurses to out potentially gay students to their parents in some circumstances. 

Sen. Campfield has been receiving all sorts of letters criticizing his support for the bill ... including an email from one concerned Tennessean who wrote:

"I am appalled at your thought of [the bill] and how it will protect children. I [used] to be proud to call Tennessee my home but after this I am not so sure. Your mind set is pathetic as well as this bill. I encourage you to change your mind or you will make a bunch of people very upset. Imagine, if you have kids and one was gay, how this bill would affect them and you."

To the citizen's surprise, he got an email back a short time later from the Senator himself saying:

"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

Sent from my iPad"

We called the Senator for comment ... who confirmed he sent the email and explained that he just doesn't have patience for people who write aggressive letters toward him.

"When somebody gets into insulting or cussing or something along those lines, it breaks down communication and is not respectful," the Senator told us.

"I’m not here to be their piñata."

Still, Campfield says he's willing to give the concerned citizen another shot at an open dialogue regarding the bill ... if the citizen promises to control his "anger issues."


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628 days ago


Not So Fun Fact -- If he doesn't like what you say, he'll tell you you're a mental case.

meanwhile if a queer doesnt like what you say.they will call you a bigot,homophobe ect..then begin blasting your religion just because said religion doesnt support their lifestyle.

628 days ago


i agree with the bill.why do kids need to learn about being gay or straight for that matter? they have reproductive health meaning reproduce between a male and female because that is the only way one can reproduce.the gays and gay supporters are heterophobes and make up the born this way bs to force people to accept the nasty lifestyle choice.

628 days ago


I dont even wanna start....

628 days ago


the look in his eyes just says..."I wonder what Rock Hudson's mouth tasted like? I'm guessing it tastes like victory... and coconut."

628 days ago


"Yikes!" - Mrez Golucky

628 days ago


As a proud Tennessean, this guy is an embarrassment and a loser.

628 days ago


the senator , LOOKS GAY HIMSELF

628 days ago

Jeff Becker    

I'm moving to Kentucky! Gays are only tolerent if you agree with their positions.

628 days ago


What an a$$! There was no anger in the email his constituent, obviously he is not only ignorant but illiterate on on two subjects one is civil rights and the second is electronic communication. Because if his constuent was really angry then they would have wrote in ALL CAPS! What a disgrace as a Senator!

628 days ago

Mr. X    

Methinks the Senator needs to control HIS anger issues, too.

628 days ago


I think he doth protest too much.

628 days ago


i hope this ends up being his last term

628 days ago


I agree. This guy is pathetic. It's so very sad people like this can be allowed to represent anyone.

628 days ago


I remember a teacher did a long(months?) experiment on her students decades ago (probably would be illegal today)in which she separated they into two groups based on eye colors and told one they were better. And no surprise the ones that were told they were worth less were angry and that anger was seen as a flaw proving they were in fact worth less than the ones that were told they were better.

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