Knox Commission Rejects Campfield Censure Proposal

Officials on Tuesday night voted down Knox County Commissioner Sam McKenzie’s plan to ask state senators to censure colleague Stacey Campfield over recent controversial remarks the Knoxville Republican made about gays and the origin of the AIDS epidemic, reports Mike Donila.
The resolution would have directed commission Chairman Mike Hammond to ask state Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, R-Knoxville, to initiate proceedings against Campfield. Only McKenzie and Commissioners Amy Broyles and Tony Norman supported it during Tuesday’s work session. The other eight commissioners declined to sign off on it.
McKenzie said Campfield’s “false comments” attracted nationwide attention from a number of media outlets, including The Today Show and The View, and the “negative perception affects us — this affects our bottom line.”
Campfield made national news in late January after he blamed the AIDS virus on “a guy screwing a monkey” and called the disease “virtually impossible” to contract via heterosexual intercourse. He made the comments during a radio interview on Sirius XM’s gay-lesbian channel OutQ.
A few days later, Martha Boggs, owner of the Bistro at the Bijou, refused to serve him at her downtown restaurant in disgust. Prior to the radio interview, the senator made national headlines as sponsor of the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Campfield calls the bill “Don’t Teach Gay.”

Campfield said the censure proposal “was ludicrous from the beginning” and he was not surprise at the rejection of what he considered a “partisan game.”
He also characterized McKenzie as “somebody looking for a free meal at the Bistro.”

One thought on “Knox Commission Rejects Campfield Censure Proposal

  1. Donna Locke

    When are Lt. Gov./Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and most of the other state senators going to be bounced out of a place? Do people think Campfield passed that bill out of the state senate all by himself?

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