Both Democratic and Republican leaders on Monday hit blog remarks by Senator Stacey Campfield saying, “Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory sign ups for ‘train rides’ for Jews in the 40s.”
Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron said, “Senator Campfield’s blog post this morning is just the latest example of Tea Party Republican extremism. To compare attempts to save American lives through access to healthcare with Nazis killing European Jews is outrageous, pathetic, and hateful.
“Senator Campfield and other Tea Party Republicans ought to look at the 5,000 Tennesseans who will die within the next three years because Tea Party Republicans refused to take the 100% federal funding to expand Medicaid and have denied working Tennesseans access to healthcare.”
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney said, "While Stacey Campfield routinely makes remarks that are over the top, today's comments are ignorant and repugnant. No political or policy disagreement should ever be compared to the suffering endured by an entire generation of people.
"Those comments have no place in our public discourse. He should offer an apology to members of the Jewish faith immediately."
Cheri Siler, the Democratic candidate running against Senator Campfield, issued the following statement:
"With so much at stake in the state of Tennessee, we cannot afford to have our elected officials making inflammatory statements of this magnitude. It is deplorable that Campfield is trivializing the loss of millions of Jews. He is clearly politicizing this sensitive subject to get free earned media. By his own words, he proves that he is as cheap as he is classless."
House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R–Chattanooga) said, “I was shocked by Senator Campfield’s disgraceful blog post that compared a policy dispute with the suffering of an entire race of people. The far-reaching effects of the Holocaust are still felt today, and any effort to cheapen that suffering is distasteful and classless. I call on Senator Campfield to apologize immediately.”