Sen. Campfield under fire for heated email exchange

Sen. Campfield under fire for heated email exchange

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"If people treat me with respect, I treat them with respect. If people try to attack me or threaten me, I'm not going to put up with it," said Campfield. "If people treat me with respect, I treat them with respect. If people try to attack me or threaten me, I'm not going to put up with it," said Campfield.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tennessee's legislative session is just a few days old and already Knoxville state Senator Stacey Campfield finds himself in the middle of controversy.

He's getting national attention for a response email he sent to a Nashville woman who complained about some of his latest legislation proposals.

On Thursday, Nashville resident Telisha Cobb sent Senator Campfield an email criticizing his legislative proposals.

The email read:

Senator Campfield,

I am writing to you today as a mother, active citizen and born & raised Tennessean. You are an embarrassment to our great state. Folks all over the country and here in Tennessee are looking at the bills that you are proposing in shock. They are the most ignorant and morally lacking legislation that could be proposed this year. It is clear that you are targeting homosexuals and low income families with hogwash legislation. You need to search your heart, your values and your Christianity to find a better way to represent us as a whole. We will do everything in our power to make sure that you are not here in 2014. There are numerous grass roots parties that are making their voices heard.

Campfield fired back.

In an email response, he wrote:

You seem to have some serious, deep anger issues. Have you ever thought about therapy? I hear they are doing some wonderful thing with medications these days.

Yours in service,

Sen. Stacey Campfield

Campfield confirms he did write it.

As to why he sent that response, he says he's the one being attacked and says he won't be bullied.

"I take responsibility for everything that comes out of my office. There is a very loud, very vocal two percent of the community, more or less the homosexual activist community who likes to threaten, intimidates, insult, belittle people. You know what I'm not going to put up with it. That's not my job. I'm not here to be somebody's piñata," said Campfield.

Cobb posted the response on her Facebook page. By midday Friday, it had been shared more than 500 times and picked up by countless media outlets including TMZ.

The senator says that national negative attention doesn't concern him.

"When I heard TMZ, I kind of laughed. Did they find out about my date with JLo? I sort of laughed about it," he said.

Other people have posted online saying they've received the same response from him.

"If people treat me with respect, I treat them with respect. If people try to attack me or threaten me, I'm not going to put up with it," said Campfield.

Telisha Cobb told 6 News, "I was shocked and disgusted by his unprofessional response in which he encouraged me to seek therapy. To me his unprofessional reply shows an extreme insensitivity to important issues, and quite frankly the inability to perform his job as a public servant. State dollars are paying Mr. Campfield's salary and he has to listen to the people."

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