Lawmaker Stands By ObamaCare-Nazi Analogy

Tennessee's Campfield says it should be taken as a 'warning'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2014 12:39 PM CDT
Lawmaker Stands By ObamaCare-Nazi Analogy
Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville.   (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

A Tennessee lawmaker already famous for his over-the-top political stances just went over-the-top in the grandaddy of all ways: a Holocaust comparison for ObamaCare and Democrats. In a blog post yesterday, state Rep. Stacey Campfield wrote that "Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory (sic) sign ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s." Campfield is a Republican, but his comments generated criticism from both parties in his state. The GOP leader, for instance, called the comments "ignorant and repugnant" and demanded that Campfield apologize, notes the Washington Post.

Campfield didn't do that, but he did say he regrets that "some people have missed the point," reports the Tennessean. "It was not meant to offend, but rather to warn," he said of his post. "My intention was to draw attention to Obamacare and the slippery slope that I see occurring ... with the continued taking of freedom by the federal government. In no way was my post meant to diminish or detract from the pain, suffering and loss of life that occurred during this dark time in human history." Campfield's last big controversy was a joke about a pressure cooker bomb, but he made headlines before that with his "don't say gay" legislation. (More Stacey Campfield stories.)

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