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Senator Defends Controversial Emails

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by Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Telisha Arguelles Cobb says she randomly decided to write Senator Campfield Thursday.

In an email she wrote, "Folks all over the country and here in Tennessee are looking at the bills that you are proposing in shock. They are the most ignorant and morally lacking legislation that could be proposed this year."

To her surprise, Campfield wrote back saying, "You seem to have some serious, deep anger issues. Have you ever thought about therapy? I hear they are doing some wonderful things with medications these days."

"To me it shows a complete lack of sensitivity to very important social issues and an inability to do his job as a leader," she said Friday.

That same response could have gone out to other Tennesseans, according to a TMZ report.

Campfield justifies his response by saying Cobb is part a small group of homosexual activists that just want to insult him.

"They think I'm going to play piñata. It's not going to happen," the Knoxville state senator said. "After a while you get the insults and the cussing and threats. You just get over it."

The bill often referred to as "Don't Say Gay" is officially called the "Classroom Protection Act" that would limit talk about sex in schools to only "natural human reproduction" and require counselors to notify parents if their child is engaging in issues involving sexuality.

Campfield says that's something he, and his constituents, want to see on the books.

Earlier this week, the Tennessee Equality Project created a fund to raise money to send Campfield to counseling.

"One begins to wonder why an individual is so obsessed with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and particularly from a negative point of view. Perhaps there's an issue there that could be explored in counseling," said TEP President Chris Sanders.

While Campfield says he's standing up for himself, Cobb worries how it makes Tennessee look to the nation.

"I want the rest of the country to know that there are many, many rational people that live in Tennessee that are not hate-filled," she said. "I'm not an activist. I'm simply a mother."

The Classroom Protection Act has been referred to the Senate Education Committee. It would need to pass there and get a companion bill in the House before reaching the floor for a full vote.

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