Sen. Stacey Campfiel, in a blog post, has given an account of being denied service at the Bistro restaurant in Knoxville. An excerpt:
I had not said anything. I was just standing there waiting for a table when the owner came up and started yelling at me calling me names and telling me they were not going to serve me because of my alleged beliefs saying I hate gays. I said in as calm a way as I could that I don’t hate gays and the things I have said were backed up by the CDC. I offered to send her the links.
I have been quite open and clear on my beliefs and have backed them up with facts from the CDC and others. Unfortunately some people do not let facts get in the way of their prejudice.
She looked confused on what to do for a second then she started to yell and call me names again so I figured it was better to just leave. As Jesus said, “If you are not welcomed in a town shake the dust off your feet and move on”. My friends and I went to latitude 35 and had a good breakfast.
The cries of “Ha ha. we showed him!” fall flat to me. It is not I who lost out. My friends and I still had a good meal. We just gave our money to a more gracious host.
What was showed was a lack of professionalism. In my legislative role I have always had an open door to any of my constituency. Gay rights groups have been in my office several times and I would like to think that even though we may disagree on some issues I have always treated them graciously.
Sam Venable, meanwhile, applauds the senator’s eviction.
Any joint that won’t serve Stacey Campfield is my kind of place.
As you and half of the civilized world know by now, state Sen. Bozo was told to take his business elsewhere when he attempted to enter the Bistro for Sunday brunch.
Here is the direct quote Bistro owner Martha Boggs told me: “I said I wasn’t serving that (s.o.b).”
Have mercy! Let those words be cast in bronze and permanently affixed to the building.
“I didn’t do this for publicity,” Boggs added. “I just did it because somebody needed to stand up to that bully. I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response.”
From Matt Lakin:
Outrage over state Sen. Stacey Campfield’s remarks on AIDS could be leading to a recall movement — even though state law won’t recognize any such effort.
About 680 people liked the Recall TN State Senator Campfield page on Facebook by Monday night, about a day after its creation. The page doesn’t list its creator, and even some fans acknowledged in posts they’re organizing in vain.
Tennessee law allows recall votes only for officials at the city and county level. State legislators can be removed only by impeachment.
The page’s fans said they don’t see any harm in spreading the word or in showing their support for the Bistro at the Bijou, whose owner, Martha Boggs, banned Campfield when he showed up for Sunday brunch.
“I’ve been posting nonstop since I heard about the Bistro,” said Gary Elgin, a former director of the Knoxville Pride and Rainbow Community Awareness Project. “He really does need to be recalled if not at least censured. He’s made us a national punchline.”
Meanwhile, others have started an online petition asking Gov. Bill Haslam, President Barack Obama and members of Congress and the Tennessee Legislature to fire Campfield. The petition boasted nearly 1,000 signatures Monday night.
The senator’s detractors said they hope to keep the spirit alive until Campfield faces re-election in 2014.
Sen. Stacey Campfield was apparently refused service Sunday at a Knoxville restaurant, the Bistro at the Bijou, inspiring all sorts of commentary from bloggers.
From Mike Donilla:
Campfield, local comedian Spanky Brown, reporter Dan “The Man” Andrews and radio talk show host Hubert Smith went to the restaurant to eat, when owner Martha Boggs pretty much told Campfield to get the $&%* out.
(From what I understand she called him a homophobe, but there was also a choice word that preceded it. Heh.)
Anyhoo, Dan told me that as they were exiting, Brown said: “Wow, this is the first time I’ve ever seen two black guys walk into a restaurant and a white guy gets thrown out.”
…For his part, Stacey was “very calm, very professional and very understanding,” Dan said.
They ended up having lunch at Latitude 35 on Market Square.
See also, Sean Braisted, Metro Pulse, , Michael Silence… or just google “Stacey Campfield Bistro”