Tennessee state Senator Stacey Campfield is back in trouble again after mocking a local journalist who had just lost her job. If Campfield sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the guy who, back in May, made a remark comparing Obamacare to the Holocaust. When he was called on it, he claimed he didn’t mean to be offensive — suggesting that not only is he so dense you could use his head to anchor boats safely in a category 5 hurricane, but that he’s also got the social acumen of a potted plant.
The journalist, Cari Gervin, and the rest of her colleagues at Metro Plus, were fired this week as part of a round of “layoffs” by the paper’s owner, the Knoxville News Sentinel. After tweeting about the layoffs, Gervin posted a screenshot of a Facebook message that Campfield sent her:
And this isn’t the first time that Campfield’s harassed her before; Gervin told The Huffington Post that Campfield has sent her “a lot of really mean, harassing text messages.”
This particular one, however, was “tacky and classless:”
“All of us lost our jobs, and some of them — I’ve been there for four years, but one of my colleagues has been there for 19 years,” Gervin said.
“We are all just devastated at the loss of our paper and what that means for the community with one less reporting outlet in town. And for some politician to be a jerk about it is just, it’s typical Stacey, but it doesn’t make it any less ridiculous,” Gervin said.
Gervin added that she hasn’t contacted Campfield over Facebook, and that he blocked her from seeing his page after she reported his lunatic comparison between Obamacare signups and the Nazi death trains.
Campfield took to Facebook in his defense (someone’s got to prove he’s a moron, so why not let the man himself do it?), accusing Gervin of lying and adding that “if you can’t take it, don’t dish.”
Sounds like someone is bitter that they lost the election, doesn’t it?