On Friday morning he dispensed his long-awaited two cents on the Trayvon Martin case, informing readers of his blog that he's "pretty sure" Tennessee does have the "Stand Your Ground" law, which he sponsored.
By lunch, the Newt Gingrich campaign had made it known to the Republican State Executive Committee and the media that they didn't want Campfield sitting in their section at the Republican National Convention. Campfield, of course, had been the co-chairman of Gingrich's campaign here, but switched allegiances and endorsed Rick Santorum just before Tennessee's Super Tuesday primary.
The Knoxville firebrand must have then spent all day Saturday devising this elaborate April Fools' Day stunt.
Early this morning, Campfield posted a response to the Newt's public Dear Stacey letter. Sure, he had willingly stepped off the Gingrich bus — in his telling, this actually helps Newt in the end — but it's the manner in which the campaign ran him over with it that has him peeved. An excerpt:
Instead of playing it straight up and doing the work of a few phone calls a few weeks ago, The night before the SEC set the delegates for the campaigns, the Gingrich campaign decided to play cutesy and sent out a media blast asking the SEC not to seat me. By that time all the Santorum delegates were set.
The Gingrich campaign waited so long to do anything it would have left me nowhere to go (I guess this was the plan). They then made it worse by going public instead of talking to me about it one on one. They attacked me and mislead people about what I had said. It would have been a pretty good political "gotcha" except for one thing. The SEC came out and said while it might be possible to replace me without losing the delegate (in contrast to previous understanding) it was completely up to me. Not them.
Oopsie. Not a good way to ingratiate yourself to the one person who can help you.
Even though they decided to go down that road I still tried to accommodate them. Even though I figured it was too late, I put forward the effort. I was on the phone until 1:30 in the morning talking with the Santorum people trying to make things so we could do it. I was right. It was too late.
As the saying goes, "If you are going to swing at the king, You better kill him. Because if you don't...."
UPDATE: Campfield has apparently been confirmed as a Gingrich delegate after all. If you are going to swing at the king...