NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Leaders of both parties in Tennessee are condemning a blog post by a state senator likening the federal health care law to the deportation of Jews to concentration camps in the 1940s.
Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville said on his blog that Democrats boasting of about the number of people who have signed for coverage as required by the federal health care law is like "Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign-ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s."
State Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney called the comment "ignorant and repugnant," and called for an immediate apology. Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron called the statement "outrageous, pathetic, and hateful."
Campfield shrugged off the criticism from Devaney and Herron and said he stands by his comments.