While Taking Potshots at Colleagues, Campfield Shoots Self in Foot



Thank the gods Stacey Campfield has never been a very effective legislator to begin with. But he seems hell-bent on making sure no one wants to work with him in the future, judging by his deposition in a $750,000 libel lawsuit brought by Roger Byrge.

The Associated Press reports:

State Sen. Stacey Campfield has given a deposition in which he is unapologetic for posting false information about a Democratic candidate on his blog, dismissive of the possibility of paying damages for that and belittling of the technological skills of fellow lawmakers.

Campfield, a Knoxville Republican, is the defendant in a $750,000 libel lawsuit brought by Roger Byrge for falsely stating on his blog in the weeks before the 2008 general election that the Democrat had a criminal record. Byrge lost the state House race to Republican Chad Faulkner by fewer than 400 votes, 8,321 to 7,930.

Campfield, in a deposition attached to a court filing last week, said he would be unlikely to pay any damages, noting that he earns about $30,000 a year.

Forget that it's hard to believe that a man with a bunch of rental properties and a part-time job as a state senator is only making $30,000 a year. What's interesting is how disrespectfully he talks about people he ostensibly still has to work with:

Casada said in court filings that he did not intend for Campfield to post the information on the blog before it was confirmed. But Campfield said he didn't feel a responsibility to verify what he had been told by Casada.

"If you want to say Glen was reckless, I guess you could say that," Campfield said.

Oh boy. But not content to just insult poor Glen Casada (and who thought I would ever say that?), Campfield makes sure that his disdain for all his colleagues gets into the court record:

Campfield also shrugged off a question about whether his blog has a big impact among fellow lawmakers.

"I doubt that," he said. "Most of them don't even know how to turn on a computer."

I know he's insinuating that most lawmakers are incredibly stupid, but I have to wonder, who'd be stupid enough to continue to work with him after this?

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