Continuing a pattern of eccentric, irresponsible, and attention-seeking behavior that includes getting handcuffed and thrown out of an event for then-gubernatorial candidate Governor Bredesen, having alleged slumlord tendencies, and declaring he had “legislative immunity” from a lawsuit accusing him of writing of libelous statements on his website, Rep. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville, the Piledriving 18th!), got kicked out of a University of Tennessee home football game for continuing to wear a “Luchador’s (Mexican wrestlerâ€™s) full head mask” despite numerous explicit announcements that Halloween masks were not allowed inside the Stadium.
The incident began inside Neyland Stadium when a mother and her two daughters became â€œupset because a man was sitting in their section (Section B) with a mask on,â€ according to McReynoldsâ€™ report. â€œThe girls were upset because they had been told they not could wear masks into the stadium and the mask was such that it was bothering them.â€
McReynolds and a Knox County Sheriffâ€™s Office deputy found the masked man and asked him to step into the portal.
â€œI told him masks were not allowed in the stadium and told him he would have to take it off,â€ McReynolds wrote. â€œHe asked why and I again told him that masks were not allowed and he could either give the mask to me or take it off and put it away. Before I could finish my sentence he took off the mask and asked if he could keep it. I told him â€˜yesâ€™ and thanked him for complying.â€
The officer noted that Campfield then re-entered the stadium area but went a different direction than his original seat.
â€œCurious about this odd behavior and concerned that he had misunderstood our interaction, I caught up with him in front of the concession stand in Section D,â€ McReynolds wrote. â€œI â€¦ began to tell him that I was not asking him to leave the section, just to take off his mask. Again â€¦ he interrupted and said, â€˜I was just taking a walk. Is it illegal to walk around?â€™ I told him â€˜no,â€™ and was surprised by his sudden confrontational attitude. â€¦ He again asked if walking around was illegal. I told him â€˜noâ€™ and again began to explain that he did not have to leave his seat, just take off the mask. He continued to ask if walking around was illegal. â€¦ Thinking that something was not right (he kept saying the same phrase over and over, would not make eye contact and kept shifting on his feet, left to right) I asked to see his ticket.â€
Apparently, the rules for safety and security in this post-9/11 world that apply to the rest of us don’t apply to would-be Tennessee State Senator, Stacey Campfield.
UPDATE: More from Christian Grantham
HT: A Kleinheider Joint
FT: Devin Brady