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Sen. Stacey Campfield Draws Criticism for Nazi Germany Comparison - John Dunn

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield is drawing a lot of criticism. Members of his own party are calling a new blog post that references the Holocaust ignorant, disgraceful and classless.

The Knoxville Republican has a history of making controversial statements. Some believe the new post goes too far.

State lawmakers have finished their business inside the Capitol, but one Senator is still making news. Stacey Campfield is an active blogger, and in Monday's "Thought of the Day" he said "Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for "train rides" for Jews in the 40s."

Reaction has been swift. Tennessee Democrats call the post outrageous. "Everybody ought to denounce this kind of bigotry and insensitivity and hate," says TN Democratic Party chairman Roy Herron.

Tennessee's Republican Party chairman also released a statement saying the "...comments are ignorant and repugnant," and "...have no place in our public discourse," said Chris Devaney.

Nashville's Jewish community has a Holocaust memorial with the names of many who were killed during the 1940's. Last week it hosted a Holocaust remembrance ceremony. "To use the Holocaust as a political football to punt around to me is just anathema. You don't do it," says Abbie Wolf with Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle TN.

With so much controversy surrounding this blog post, Senator Campfield released a statement on his facebook page. Campfield says his post was meant to draw attention to America's loss of freedom, and not "...diminish or detract from the pain, suffering, and loss of human life that occurred during this dark time in human history."

Jewish community leaders say the statement falls short. "I think he should issue an absolute apology," says Wolf.

Wolf says comparing Obamacare sign ups to Jewish train rides cheapens the Holocaust.

Senator Campfield is up for re-election this year. He will be challenged in the Republican primary this August, and, if he wins, by a Democrat in November.

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