Sen. Campfield under fire over campaign fundraiser email - WSMV Channel 4

Sen. Campfield under fire over campaign fundraiser email

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Sen. Stacey Campfield sent out an email on Monday inviting his colleagues to a campaign fundraiser, which is nothing unusual during an election season, but what's causing a stir among state Democrats is how that invite was sent.

The problem is that the email came from Campfield's state email account.

"There are laws on the books to protect taxpayers from this kind of misuse," said Brandon Puttbrese, the communications director for the Tennessee Democratic Party.

"I talked to the Democrat leadership and they've agreed to downgrade the punishment from a firing squad to 100 lashes with a wet noodle," Campfield said, "if I promise to order veggie pizzas for all their staffers."

Puttbrese says Campfield owes the state money for using an account that is funded by tax dollars.

"I think the Republicans who are running the Capitol need to take a look at what acceptable practices are for sending out political solicitations," Puttbrese said.

"Seriously, it was an email sent out in error, and I sent out a response like five, 10 minutes later. I mean, come on, how big of a deal is this really?" Campfield asked.

Campfield sent a follow-up asking his colleagues to disregard the email. He thinks the situation is being blown out of proportion.

"If he wants to throw an extreme Republican party that benefits his campaign, that's fine," Puttbrese said. "But taxpayers shouldn't be forced to pay for it."

"If this is the biggest issue they have, I must be doing pretty darn good," Campfield said.

The Democrats say they hope Campfield will reimburse the state for the emails. It's another issue for a senator is no stranger to controversy.

WSMV reached out to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey for a response, but did not immediately get a response.

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