8 Year-Old Follows Tenn. Lawmaker Around State Capitol; Shames Him Into Dropping Welfare Bill
8 year-old Aamira Fetuga followed Tennessee lawmaker Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) around the state capitol until he agreed to drop a bill linking welfare benefits to a student’s academic performance.
Nearby, a choir of 60 activists sang “Jesus Loves the Little Children” as Fetuga handed Campfield a petition demanding that he drop the controversial bill.
The walk to the Senate floor was a long and awkward one, but it may have worked. Campfield agreed to drop the bill for now.
“Why do you want to cut benefits for people?” 8-year-old Fetuga asked after she caught up with him on a Capitol escalator.
“Well, I wouldn’t as long as the parent shows up to school and goes to two parent-teacher conferences and they’re exempt,” the state Senator explained.
The confrontation continued during what appeared to be long, uncomfortable walk to the Senate floor for Campfield.
“Using children as props is shameful,” he grumbled at one point.
“To me, it’s not a dead issue at all,” he told reporters. “This may be a slight detour, but honestly I think this could hopefully make it even better.”
As for the protests, Campfield remarked, “It is what it is.”
“There’s always going to be detractors.”
Check out video of the protest below:
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