This afternoon Stacey Campfield came by the station and did a short interview on his bill to issue death certificates to aborted fetuses. It'll be on at 6pm tonight.
All the reporters were tied up, so low and behold, your's truly had to conduct the interview. Let me just say, there is a reason I took a job off camera...
All in all the interview went well. This was not the first time I had shaken hands with Campfield. I met him once while he was on the campaign trail. But, I must say, the man doesn't seem to match the politics.
It was weird, with us coming from two totally different points of view. I mean, I had to keep mine to myself... you know, journalistic "integrity". But I was struck at how likable the guy seemed. Like if he weren't lobbying for something as ridiculous as death certificates for lumps of cells, he might be someone to grab a beer with.
I know there are plenty of people in the blogosphere who spit on the name Campfield, and for the most part, I can understand that. I will never attempt to justify or condone grandstanding of this nature. But seeing the man behind the wild eyed ideas was different.
I guess I expected a Jerry Falwell character. Don't know why...
But Stacey seemed like some guy who genuinely cares about the abortion issue and wrote up a bill using something he thought would give aborted fetuses legitimacy as living beings.
He obviously didn't think it through, but he did answer one question (which may or may not air, so I'll post his response) about adding in measures to prevent the creation of a registry.
He said he would support an amendment to his bill, or another bill, that would take measures in protecting the identities of women who have abortions. Without these safeguards, the bill would surely fail... probably wouldn't even make it to a vote.
All in all, it was totally different than I expected. I genuinely expected to hate the guy. I expected him to open his mouth and spew hate, and I had prepared to return the favor. But that didn't happen at all...
This post is getting long and boring, so I may take a recess and come back with more, but if not, you get the point. Campfield is most likely a good guy, with bad ideas, and a position of power to put them into play.
For another example, see George W. Bush.