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Lampooned Campfield Keeps His Sense of Humor

State Sen. Stacey Campfield chuckled Friday over comedian Stephen Colbert’s satirical characterization of him as a potential Republican presidential candidate — the latest example of the Knoxville lawmaker gaining national celebrity status through his legislative pursuits.
“It was funny,” said Campfield. “You can take anybody out of context and have fun with it. That’s what he (Colbert) does for a living, and he’s good at it.”
The eight-minute Colbert Report commentary, aired Thursday night on the Comedy Central TV channel, poked fun at national political figures ranging from Sarah Palin and political commentator Charles Krauthammer to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
But the focus was on Campfield and two bills he is sponsoring in the General Assembly — one that would reduce welfare benefits to a recipient whose child does poorly in school and another officially entitled the “Classroom Protection Act” but widely known as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill.”
The legislation, Colbert suggests, puts Campfield in the category with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Jindal and Christie as a prospective contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
“I wonder if his super PAC is going to endorse me,” said Campfield. “If he’s ready with the money, I’m ready to talk.”
Yes, said Campfield, he is joking — just as Colbert was.

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