The fundraiser that state Sen. Stacey Campfield announced Monday afternoon on his legislative email account — now the owner of the venue where the event is supposed to be held says he and his staff never agreed to such a thing.
Scott DeSano, the owner of DeSano Pizza Bakery on 16th Ave. South, said in a phone interview Wednesday that no one from his restaurant has ever spoken to Campfield about holding a fundraiser. He added that the first he heard of it was when irate customers called to say they'd never eat at his place again following news reports that Campfield planned to hold a fundraiser at DeSano's place on Oct. 22.
"I'd never heard of the guy in my life," said DeSano, who lives in Florida. "Then they (the staff in Nashville) started getting all these calls this morning. Some of them made my staff a little uncomfortable."
DeSano said that he refuses all requests to rent out his restaurant, which seats about 120 people. The restaurant also isn't configured to allow people to rent out a portion of the restaurant.
"We get all kinds of people that want to close the place for the night," he said. "It's no for all of them. We just want people to come in and order pizza."
Update: Campfield said he thought he had permission to cordon off a portion of the restaurant, but he hasn't been involved in the arrangements.
"I think they pretty much agreed," Campfield said. "But it's not going to have that many people. We're not expecting 1,000 people or anything."