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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."

310 COMMENTS

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61.

Hamptonsdude    

It's funny that he has a girl's name. Stacey.

609 days ago
62.

Proud2bBlack    

Love It! I would have said the same thing. Gay people are always hostile, and angry in their quest to be acknowledge. No one wants to be approached that way. Then they always want to equate other things to the reason they should be treated fairly. You are gay because of a sexual act not because of your ethnicity. Also I wonder if there is such a thing as a gay virgin? NOT!! get over it

609 days ago
63.

Whocares    

Don't care about the bill or getting into that issue but, damn, that Senator needs to grow a pair. That voter's letter was not that angry and was rather well written regarding his views. What a little wimpy weenie. He'd probably have someone arrested for honking at him on the highway. Ease up there; it's your damn job to be a professional piñata. Politicians are such sissies.

609 days ago
64.

Rich    

This dude needs to be defeat in his next election. He is the worst of worst Republican TRASH

609 days ago
65.

volgirl16    

This guy is the most hated politician in Tennessee. Even restaurants in Nashville have refused to serve him. Enjoy your fame now Campfield because you won't be re-elected.

609 days ago
66.

EndZoneBum    

Looks to me as if he could use an 8 inch frozen kielbasa right up his ass...

609 days ago
67.

Susan    

Typical homophobe. Everyone else is crazy and he knows he's right

609 days ago
68.

jb    

He's got the look of a bully

609 days ago
69.

me    

According to Darwin and his disciples say that sex evolved so that species can propagate. Gays and lesbians are suffering from a genetic disorder or have mental health issues and should be treated accordingly.

609 days ago
70.

Socalpimp    

I agree with the Senator...its not our public education systems job to teach kids to be GAY!!

609 days ago
71.

Xenu    

State Sen. Stacey Campfield reminds me of this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dy2fo6E_pI

609 days ago
72.

Marc    

Why is it a teacher's job to teach or discuss someone's sexual preference in class?

609 days ago
73.

Anya    

No wonder we in such a mess.. look at the idiots we elect to office.

609 days ago
74.

Kaveman    

WE SHOULD ACCEPT GAYS!

But if the world was full of gays, the human race would become extinct. That is a SIMPLE FACT. So we should accept them, but not glamorize it. It is unnatural, at least in the sense that we could not survive as a species if we all chose it.

609 days ago
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Smoothie33    

This is why I hate Christians. They pretty much are all a$$ holes.

609 days ago
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