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Tennessee Senator

Tells Pro-Gay Constituent

... You Need a Shrink

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

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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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Mom of Five    

Makes you wonder why he is trying to promote such an anti gay agenda. You know what they say about finger pointers??..........they are trying to keep the finger from pointing at themselves.

565 days ago
17.

Maire    

Stacey sounds like you need some customer service training. You are a public servent

565 days ago
18.

static    

Seems reasonable to me.

565 days ago
19.

QuiFree    

This guy is a duchebag... Because someone doesn't agree with you they have anger issues? Why is he a senator?

565 days ago
20.

GOLLY    

It's a good bill. gay shouldn't be mentioned in schools to young children. Everyone keeps saying what is done in their own private bedroom is their business. I agree. Just keep it from children.

565 days ago
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Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

"who confirmed he sent the email and explained that he just doesn't have patience for people who write aggressive letters toward him"

If that's an "aggressive letter" the likes of which he has no patience for, but time to mock and ridicule the writer, he shouldn't be a US Senator. Grow the fvck up you pvssy!

565 days ago
22.

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

Jesus Christ what is with TMZ's broken down comment system today, on top of all the other horridly bad website programming that's the norm here. You guys literally got monkeys coding this broken down sorry ass excuse for a website??? Must not, they would do a better job!

565 days ago
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Da Lethal Tongue    

Sooooo...We're going to criminalize the word gay, but people can still throw around the word ****** like it's okay? Wow! America is soooo disrespectful...

565 days ago
24.

U Suck    

Fun Fact -- heterosexuality is cool.
Not So Fun Fact -- gays invented aids.

565 days ago
25.

U Suck    

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565 days ago
26.

tylerc85    

Wtf?

565 days ago
27.

freaksober    

Good for him..no one wanys gays SHARTING up the class room

565 days ago
28.

Cran    

Can you believe this guy? But he's against background checks for gun purchases. Dufus.

565 days ago
29.

girlshark    

Project much Staceeeeeeeey?

565 days ago
30.

SheBe    

My hubby has had this misfortune of working with this man and has told me about how crazy he is. He has brought all kinds of stupid bills to the state senate floor and has major support for them. He looks like he has fun with apple pies in his spare time...

565 days ago
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