Nashville-based lawyer sending out postcards urging votes agains

Nashville-based lawyer sending out postcards urging votes against Stacey Campfield, both sides respond

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The front of the postcard urging residents not to vote for Stacey Campfield. The front of the postcard urging residents not to vote for Stacey Campfield.
The rear of the postcard. The rear of the postcard.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Both sides are responding to postcards being mailed to voters in Tennessee State Senate District 7, encouraging them not to vote for incumbent Sen. Stacey Campfield in the August 7 primary election.

Nashville-based author and attorney Lewis Laska issued a statement Wednesday saying he sent the 20,000 mailers because he believes Campfield is not fit to hold public office.

"I believe that Stacey Campfield mainly cares about Stacey Campfield and does not fairly or adequately represent his constituents. When your state Senator is mentioned more frequently on late-night comedy shows than on programs devoted to governance and politics, then something is wrong.

"If the people in Senate District 7 want to vote Republican, by all means they should do so. But that doesn't mean they have to vote for Stacey Campfield.

"What has he done for them, beside introduce often mean-spirited legislation that appears designed more to capture headlines, and thus glorify Stacey Campfield, than to benefit his constituents and other Tennesseans? I think he is an embarrassment to our state.

"This isn't about partisan politics. If Senate District 7 wants to elect a Republican, that's great. That's what Democracy is all about. But they don't have to elect Campfield. We need leadership in the Senate, not a laughingstock; we need governance, not the antics that have put Campfield in the headlines over and over again.

"I do not believe Campfield is a leader; he is a follower of his own misguided thoughts."

A Campfield representative also issued a statement about the mailers:

"It looks like Mr. Laska is a repeated Democratic party donor, including to the DNC, and it's not surprising that he would like to see a principled conservative like Senator Campfield lose. The success of the policies that Senator Campfield has championed here in Tennessee must scare him to death because other states see how successful Tennessee has been with job growth and educational improvement. There's no doubt that he wants to defeat the people responsible for that success before word gets out that conservative policies work."

Campfield is running against Knox County Commissioner Dr. Richard Briggs in the election. Early voting begins on Friday, July 18. 

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