The Backpage: Stuff Stacey says

Monday, February 6, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Steven Hale

Saying that Knoxville Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield occasionally causes a stir is like saying that the AIDS epidemic originated with an airline pilot and a monkey who loved each other very much — it’s obvious, and we think most people know that. (Somebody told us this.) But recently, this one-man HuffPo-Content-Generator seems to have achieved a new level of popularity. And the bandwagon is filling up.

Good Nashville hipsters that we are, though, we liked his old stuff better. To put it in colloquial terms — sure EVERYONE is excited about Jack White’s solo album now, but we were humming that “Seven Nation Army” riff in ’03, and we bought the self-titled album the day it came out. Moreover, while digging through years of Campfield’s back catalog (your prayers are appreciated), we discovered that $#*% Campfield Says ages like fine wine. Give him a few years and the comments he’s making now will shine like gold.

The selections below are just a sample of some of his greatest hits. We’ve done our best to provide the necessary context below. Is this exhaustive? No. But these are a few comments that are worth giving another spin, for one reason or another. Think we missed something or want to sample more for yourself? Well then, as Stacey Campfield would say, just Google it yourself.


January 2012

“Someone who is not from Africa, someone who is not a homosexual, someone who is not an IV drug user, someone who is not sleeping with someone who is one of those things.”

—Campfield, to WBIR-TV in Knoxville, clarifying what he means by “regular” when he said, “The odds of a regular man getting it from a regular woman are very low.”


December 2011

“I am sure if there is any college in the world that has done everything possible to keep criminals with guns off campus it is Virginia Tech. I am sure they have passed every sort of ban and law out there to make sure criminals know guns are not allowed on campus.

How has it worked?

Well, there is another mass shooting going on on the campus of Virginia Tech as I type this.”

—Campfield, a proponent of allowing guns on college campuses, taking a minute to update his blog as a gunman was still roaming the Virginia Tech campus.


September 2010

“We’re always worried about doing this and that and 85 million different things. If I can take one thing away and say, hey, you don’t have to teach about homosexuality to your second-graders, you can spend more time on arithmetic.”

—Campfield in an interview with Knoxville’s Metro Pulse, explaining how his “Don’t Say ‘Gay’ ” bill would remove an unnecessary burden from elementary school teachers.


January 2009

“Unfortunately, these have been problem tenants.”

—Campfield to the Knoxville
News Sentinel
after the city codes office deemed a house he owned and was renting “unfit for human habitation.”


March 2009

“Well, Sherry, if I had sex with you, I wouldn’t want to pay for your children.”

—Campfield, as reported by the Knoxville News Sentinel, interrupting Rep. Jeanne Richardson to address Rep. Sherry Jones during a House Children and Family Affairs Committee debate regarding Campfield’s bill that would have made it easier for men to get out of child support payments if it was proven that they weren’t the child’s father. 


February 2008

“You’re just advertising to the crazies where they can go for the easy pickings, where they are going to face no resistance, where it’s going to be taking sheep and leading them to the slaughter.”

—Campfield to UT journalism site, on the implications of not allowing faculty and staff of Tennessee schools to carry weapons on campus. In the same article, UT  police chief August J. Washington said: “Allowing more guns on campus would not increase safety. In fact, we think the opposite is true.”


April 2008

“I can’t make a value judgment on every person out there. ... You’re making me make value judgments on other people and I can’t. ...”

—Campfield responding to questions from Rep. Rob Briley about whether or not he thinks adultery or premarital sex are appropriate, during debate about the aforementioned paternity bill.


May 2008

“Anyone who does not have political aspirations should remove their name from the ballot. Thank you.”

—Campfield in response to Rep. Kent Williams’ lament on the Senate floor that certain amendments to SJR127, a controversial abortion resolution, were simply acts of political posturing in an election year.


December 2008

“Wow! What a novel concept! Using shame to deter negative actions. How many bad situations could be deterred by putting a little public shame associated with things we don’t want.”

— Campfield, on his blog, supporting the idea of using public shame to deter individuals from doing things the rest of society doesn’t like. In this post, he’s responding to a mall  that put up pictures of convicted shoplifters. He also mentions convicted felons, drunk drivers and child predators as possible targets of corrective shame, but not mouthy politicians.


December 2005

“Some things I just don’t get no matter how much I try.”

— Campfield, on his blog. This quote is taken completely out of context, but it’s great isn’t it?

6 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 2/7/12 at 7:03

I'm guessing Mr. Hale is saying he won't vote for Campfield and suggest
other middle tennesseeans not vote for this Knoxville resident? Next we
might have a similar attack on a Memphis politician that we shouldn't vote
for as well, but since most of them are democrats, I doubt it.

By: Rocket99 on 2/7/12 at 8:35

The thing about Mr. Campfield is he's coming across as ignorant and crazy. You would think someone like him would do his research before being on a national radio talk show and not make such stupid statements as he did about how AIDS started and the most prominant way it's spread now.

Also, his statements concerning guns on college campuses as a gunman is roaming VA Tech.

Also, how many 2nd grade public school teachers are going to stand in front of class and teach about sexuality of any type? My guess is NONE.

By: LizzyD on 2/7/12 at 1:03

For All:

Stacey Campfield is batshit crazy. There will be more. He is actually PROUD of the fact that our local "right wing" talk show host took him to the cleaners the other day for LYING IN PUBLIC about the transmission of AIDS.

from Knoxville (not Campfield's district)

By: Ask01 on 2/7/12 at 5:14

LizzyD, I absolutely enjoyed your characterization of Mr. Campfields mental state. I believe we can apply that phrase to many of our elected employees. Keep up the good work.

By: acluu on 2/7/12 at 9:04

What has he done wrong?

"Operation Tennessee Waltz" still stings, huh... hehe.

By: LizzyD on 2/9/12 at 9:46

@ac;uu: You wrote

"What has he done wrong?"
He LIES! He uses the media to LIE to many thousands of people! This is unacceptable, regardless of reilgion or political party.

(BTW, I enjoyed your Rovian use of a nonsequitur as argument. Such logical fallacy is so very insufficient to the matter at issue.)

@Ask01: Appreciate the nod, but you must understand that my "characterization" is more accurate than humorous -- REALLY!

I do not like those who are destroying my planet. And I do not like those who are destroying our People with their lies. It is time for the Peopleof Earth to struggle out of the quicksand of ancient mythologies and onto the firm ground of reality. I assure you, this would not preclude the application of ethics and morals.

Beware of angry grannies. We don't have all that much left to lose.