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10 Straight Days of Public Advocate Programs Being Discussed In Tennessee News Media-- AND IT WILL CONTINUE MONDAY

On the 'Don't Say Gay' Bill, Mark Clayton and Sen. Campfield

This is directly from Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey for KNS Media which publishes Nashville News Sentinel and other news groups :


The "don't say gay" bill -- which sponsor state Sen. Stacey Campfield prefers to call "don't teach gay" -- has emerged as a topic in reports about Mark Clayton, who won the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination only to be disavowed by the state Democratic Party.

Part of the disavowal is based on Clayton's position as vice president of Public Advocate of the United States, described as an "anti-gay hate group" by state Democratic Chairman Chip Forrester.

Clayton actively supported Campfield's bill, which passed the Senate in the last legislative session but died in the House. A Public Advocate newsletter distributed to legislators and the media in March of this year by Clayton features a front-page story on the issue under the headline, "Tennessee Legislature Rejects Californication" and with a picture of Campfield, R-Knoxville.

The story begins: "Tennessee is on the verge of becoming the first state in America to outlaw the California method of pro-homosexual education."

Public Advocate President Eugene Delgaudio is quoted as declaring, "Public Advocate and its supporters were instrumental in supporting Sen. Campfield and forcing the rest of the Senate to pass the Classroom Protection Act." (Note: PDF of the newspaper at this link: publicadvocate.pdf )

Campfield said he doesn't remember meeting Clayton personally, but does recall talking with him over the phone and welcomed his support for the legislation.


"I was glad to see somebody in the Democratic Party standing up for traditional family values again," Campfield said. "It's good to see they have a few."

Asked if he would consider voting for Clayton over Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, Campfield declined to give a direct answer, saying, "I think they're both good people."

"I always vote for the most conservative person," Campfield said.

So, of the two, who is most conservative?

"I think it should be abundantly clear," the senator said without elaborating.


Posted by Tom Humphrey on August 12, 2012 at 8:38 PM