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Tennessee Senator

Tells Pro-Gay Constituent

... You Need a Shrink

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

311 COMMENTS

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kitnplayn    

This guy is brainwashed AND phucking nuts.

442 days ago
107.

Sonja    

.,.so says the snide little passive aggressive Senator with a girls name! I think someone else has the anger issues.

442 days ago
108.

cdub    

TGRFAN42069: I know quite a few homosexual christians...and maybe they call you a bigot homophobe because you call them a queer, thus you are a bigot homophobe who hides behind the veil of religion so you can spew your hatred.

442 days ago
109.

Hohan    

The senator is clearly a homo. He should just come out and enjoy himself a little.

442 days ago
110.

Dana in Tennessee    

Campfield ALSO wants to cut welfare by up to 30% for families with a child not performing well in school. It is not a child's fault for the economic situation of the parent(s)/guardian(s). Vulnerable and at-risk children need programs to help them flourish and thrive in school, not perpetuate a cycle of poverty and lack of opportunities.

442 days ago
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Mayu    

Good for him in my opinion! I agree with the bill. I do not want my child being taught about homosexuality without my knowledge. that's something I would talk to my child with... not a school with an agenda to push.

442 days ago
112.

KEN    

I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT HE IS A CLOSETED GAY. I KNOW HIM VERY WELL ASK ME HOW

442 days ago
113.

az_barbie66    

Sounds like the good Senator could use some therapy himself.

442 days ago
114.

Elmer Gantry    

State Rep. Campfield escorted from UT game on Halloween
He wore Halloween mask, which led to dispute with police
By Rebecca Ferrar
Posted November 10, 2009 at midnight
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/nov/10/campfield-escorted-ut-game/

"State Rep. Stacey Campfield was escorted from the University of Tennessee home football game Oct. 31 after an incident over a Halloween mask that he was wearing, a university official confirmed Monday.

According to a report by UT Police Lt. Dana McReynolds, the Knoxville Republican was wearing a “Luchador’s (Mexican wrestler’s) full head mask” during the game against South Carolina despite publicity before and during the game that Halloween masks were not allowed inside Neyland Stadium.

Campfield is not named in the narrative, but his identity was later learned by McReynolds through a driver’s license check. Campfield’s identity was confirmed Monday by UT spokeswoman Karen Collins.

The lawmaker, who is running for the state Senate seat being vacated by Tim Burchett, could not be reached for comment. Attempts to reach him via associates and alternate phone numbers also were unsuccessful...."

442 days ago
115.

Gary    

Ever notice that it's always the "loving" Christians that are spewing hate towards one group or another?...of course they believe the fairy tale that some man in a white robe is in the sky judging them.....and btw...did you see any women at the first supper?...it seems that the gays are the only people that can be legally picked on, because if he started a law that blacks or Hispanics or people with blue eyes couldn't be mentioned, there would be a riot....and they are all the same as gays.....BORN THAT WAY,!...and if you believe in the fairy tale of religion....all hand made by God.

442 days ago
116.

wolfepenn    

How was that letter threatening or vulgar?

442 days ago
117.

Otto    

Isn't he elected - in fact - to be the "pinata" of the folks who elected him?

442 days ago
118.

Lynn M    

I agree with him. If you can't voice your opinion without name calling or personal attacks, your opinion needs to be disregarded.

442 days ago
119.

Michael Srri    

As a Senator, he was elected by the people of Tenn and should be diplomatic when responding to their e-mails. The is a right way to respond and a wrong way and he choose the wrong way. They elected him and they can remove him. Honestly, he is a big dweeb

442 days ago
120.

Nekbbew    

Ok. He is utterly (as Matthew indicated) a douché. Me, on the other hand thinks of him as more or a turd blossom. I might also ad he is a whiny little juvenile. He took the job that he implied he wanted and could handle yet he is to much of a pair of a pink fuzzy ballz to actually perform his job on ANY level of maturity. We ALL know that the ones who scream the loudest "Doth Protest Too Much" and the implied truth of his own actions is that he has a keen interest in becoming a "plumber" of sorts and secretly desires to "lay some pipe". This man (sadly he in no way lives up to this description of being one) has no business being a voice for his state. He neither has any intention or desire to perform as such and he should be dealt a good swift smack to the face. Idiots who incorrectly assume that if they hide truth in humanity,..lie about facts presently know or just plain demand people are not allowed to use a word that classifies an entire group of people,.... My goodness,... You would think he is a Beyonce fan refusing to acknowledge that a lip sync / Karaoke performance just occurred.

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