Ellison, Fields debate turns nasty
- Blog Post by: Corey Mitchell
- October 19, 2012 - 4:23 AM
A live radio debate between Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and his Republican challenger, Chris Fields, in the Fifth Congressional District race turned nasty this morning, with the two candidates trading accusations and insults and Ellison calling Fields a “lowlife scumbag.”
During the debate on KFAI-FM, sparks flew when Fields accused Ellison of paying a Washington, D.C.-based political research firm to dig up dirt on Fields’ personal life. Media reports recently revealed that Fields' ex-wife filed a restraining order against him in 2006 when he lived in southern California.
"You're really stupid," Ellison said. "You're a scumbag. You're a lowlife scumbag," said Ellison, who would later offer a public apology for the statement.
Since Ellison has been in office he has pursued a senseless foreign policy agenda, failed domestic policies and pointless legislation such as reparations for slavery. Our campaign has been centered on providing credible and workable solutions for the people of our district.
We have focused on two areas; closing the achievement gap and unemployment gap between blacks and whites. These gaps affect everyone in our district and pose a very real threat to Americans nationwide.
In addition, we are also focused on protecting the most vulnerable among us; our seniors, veterans, the middle class and single parents.” Fields said in a statement released following the debate.
The Ellison campaign has been engaged in name-calling and various other political games designed to detract attention from Congressman Ellison’s record of failure. This month alone Fields has been attacked as a “liar” dozens of times without provocation or factual justification.
“While I cannot apologize for Congressman Ellison’s violent outbursts, I do believe the voters of the Fifth Congressional District are entitled to a Representative who more accurately reflects their values of people working together regardless of their background or political beliefs. If I elected I will work to continue to build bridges with all communities and provide the focused attention needed to move us forward.
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