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Campfield calls 8-year-old with petition 'prop'

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(WMC-TV) - An 8-year-old girl confronted Tennessee Senator Stacey Campfield handing him a petition against his controversial welfare for grades bill. However, it is what Campfield said in response to her that is gaining national attention leaving some people upset.

Campfield, a Republican from Knoxville, proposed a bill that basically makes a child responsible for whether family gets welfare money.

Aamira Fetuga's mother is the founder of a child advocacy group. The 8-year-old and her mother waited Campfield to walk out of an office at the state legislature in Nashville Thursday.

That is when Aamira handed him a petition with 2,500 signatures.

"Oh, thank you. I love it when people use children. I love it when people use children as props," said Campfield smiling.

The mother argued she was not using her child as a prop. Campfied was then greeted with walk of shame signs.

The petition was part of a demonstration against Campfield's proposed bill which would pull a percentage of welfare benefits from families where children fail a grade.

Parents could get the money back by proving they attended two parent teacher conferences, enrolled in parenting classes or enrolled their children in tutoring or summer school.

Senator Stacey Campfield's unusual bill proposals have made him fodder for comedians like John Stewart's Daily Show.

"Is Stacey Campfield a state Senator or a villain from a Dickens novel?" joked Stewart on national television recently.

After a 40 minute debate on the senate floor in Nashville this afternoon, Campfield decided to let a review committee look at the legislation over the summer.

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