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Our lovable legislators have been hiding from reporters lately, hoping not to have to comment on Paul Stanley's embarrassing travails. After all, people who live in glass houses, etc. The silence of the normally loquacious Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, in particular, is beginning to gain notice as a bit ridiculous. But finally, we are pleased to report that someone has offered public comment and--ta da!
--it's Lowe Finney, the Senate Democratic caucus chair. Did he condemn Stanley and demand his resignation or an ethics investigation? Um, no, actually he was upset about something Stacey Campfield did.
Making what he apparently thought was a little joke about the scandal, Campfield posted this on his blog as his Quote of the Day: "Well, I guess this is just more proof, Republicans are clearly irresistible to females." Beneath the quote was a line saying: "Name withheld to protect the legislator."
Here's Finney's rebuke:
"Rep. Stacey Campfield's comment belongs to another place and time, as in when dinosaurs roamed the earth. These are serious matters for Senator Stanley's family. Nothing funny has happened here. Rep. Campfield's comment embarrasses only himself. The people of Knox County deserve better, and the Republican Party deserves better."
Campfield tells Tom Humphrey
he posted the comment by a fellow legislator, who he declined to identify, as a "very curious remark."
"You can take it as a good comment or a bad comment. I'm not saying whether it was appropriate or inappropriate. People can take it however they will," says Campfield. "I am not condoning what he (Stanley) did in any way, shape or form."
Update: Action Andy Sher
forces someone else to say something about Stanley. Republican Sen. Bo Hixson: "I think it's a tragic situation." Should Stanley resign? "I don't know that that's something I'm ready to say anything about right now because I don't know all the details of what transpired."