Chris Fields says Keith Ellison isn't doing enough for black people

Categories: Keith Ellison
CF_Casual.JPG
Chris Fields
Chris Fields criticized Keith "Julius Caesar" Ellison
Chris Fields, Congressman Keith Ellison's Republican opponent for re-election, said in an interview yesterday that Ellison isn't doing enough for black constituents.

Fields also claimed Ellison is unpopular with some "prominent Democrats" who have expressed their displeasure to Fields in private but fear Ellison in public. He declined, however, to name a single Democrat who's criticized Ellison.

"Keith is Caesar," Fields explained. "If they try to stab Caeser in the back, if they miss, they're done."

Fields thinks the big issues facing people in Minneapolis aren't being addressed by Ellison, who he criticizes for focusing more on national controversies than his own district.

congkeith.jpg
Congressman Keith Ellison is up for re-election this year
"For Keith to focus on Citizens United or Syria or Palestine or now the Supreme Court, it's just excuse after excuse on why he can't focus on this district and the problems that face this district," Fields said.

To voters in the Fifth Congressional District, Fields said, the important issues are "the failing education system" and "the horrible conditions we have on the ground with regard to our economy."

As proof, Fields claimed that there is "20 percent unemployment amongst black people" and a "30 percent graduation rate amongst black students in Minneapolis," which he says is unacceptable.

"When you represent the congressional leadership for the district in Washington D.C. and you're in a district that is struggling mightily, call me silly but you have to do something about it," Fields said. "You hold that office, you get to pull certain levers that can provide relief here in the district, and no: Keith has been absent. And really, not focused."

Fields said that there is a lack of urgency about unemployment rates for minorities in Minneapolis.

aGroup.jpg
Chris Fields campaigning

"If white people were unemployed at a rate of 20 percent, this whole city would be a different outlook on what needs to be done and who needs to do it," Fields said. "20 percent unemployment has to be unacceptable and I just don't see the passion, I just don't see the focus on fixing it."

Instead of "focusing" on local issues affecting his constituents, Fields says, Ellison has taken his congressional seat and used it to boost his own ambitions.

"I think Keith won his congressional seat six years ago and since then Keith has gone on to believe that he is congressman for life," Fields said. "He has taken a national platform and [turned] our congressional seat into a national platform for Keith to run his mouth about anything Keith wants to run his mouth about."

Fields said he's the right man to represent the Fifth Congressional District because he understands the issues facing its constituents.

"Poverty is poverty, okay? Hard economic times are hard economic times. If you live in one community that's devastated economically, like I did when I grew up in NYC in the south Bronx," Fields said.

During our interview, Fields also took the opportunity to psychoanalyze Congressman Keith Ellison.

Fields_mpls.jpg

"According to Keith, his father is a black Republican. That's on his Twitter account," Fields said. "He said his dad was a black Republican. My dad is a white liberal. How does that happen that the two of us would end up in the positions that we are?"

The answer, Fields said, is that Ellison is indulging in a lifelong rebellion against his father.

"Looking at his career and the things that he's done, his career life and politics are the result of a teenage rebellion gone awry," Fields said.

Of course, Fields acknowledges that he's never met Ellison's father.

"I don't know what the family dynamic is or anything like there but when I see where the politics are, where he says his dad is, 'Wait a minute, is this guy still reliving his teenage rebellion?" Fields asked. "Is this just some natural friction and we are all caught up in the middle of it? I'm a can-we-all-get-along kind of guy, just like my dad. I want a Kumbaya Moment, you know, and I think we can achieve that right now."

We asked Fields if there was something inconsistent about claiming you're for a "Kumbaya moment" and then accusing your opponent of being an overgrown teenager.

"Why is that inconsistent?" Fields asked. "I'm not attacking him. If the standard for attacking anyone is simply stating your position then hey, if I said Keith was black and wears glasses, is that an attack? That doesn't make any sense. No we're not attacking them."

Fields is considered a longshot candidate to defeat Ellison.


My Voice Nation Help
16 comments
Joe
Joe

Nice deflection, but fine.  Forget the approval rating because it's beside the point.  (Though you're blowing smoke up your own ass when you ignore it)  Again I ask you, what exactly is Keith Ellison doing so wrong, and what would you do differently?

Ezrapound2012
Ezrapound2012

You, oh resident of Minneapolis since August 2011, believe that you could, should, and would if elected clean up OUR 5th district back yard.  That is audacity and an insult.  If the local issues in "your back yard" are somehow so pertinent to you and you are so passionate about helping us all out then why run for US Congress?  Or is this the plan...you lose (or loose as you spell it) but all the "friends" you made on your campaign walk-a-bout will now be there to elect you to local office.  Yes, I do believe that you are that manipulative and calculated.  Your working towards an ideal is all about you and the ideal for yourself.

mostlyafunguy
mostlyafunguy

What is "wining?" Loosing....seriously "If you want something we can something better."  WTF does that mean?  Seriously your communication skills, language skills, writing skills are deplorable.  

Jeremy
Jeremy

So many grammatical mistakes...

NE Resident
NE Resident

Too impulsive to lead as displayed by his poor sentence structure, semantics, tweeting wars, rants, and "little" white lies. You have time to read and correct before pressing the post button. If you are willing to lie about the "little" things which people can disprove, Chris, then simple logic based on your current behavior/actions show me that you will lie about the "big" things which impact me as a resident of the 5th district.  And, no, I am not suggesting that Keith does not lie.  What I am suggesting and believe is that you think I and others in the 5th district must be too stupid to catch yours when you present them so regularly to the constituency. Your not a trustworthy leader.

Chris Fields
Chris Fields

Joe, that approval rating sounds like fiction to me.  Please show me where I can find his approval rating.  If he is so popular in this district why doesnt more than 85 of his donations come from outside the district?  

Frustrated constituent
Frustrated constituent

Absolutely I agree he is not doing enough for Black people or for the people in his district.  I find his email updates partisan, fear-mongering, predictable, and always asking for money.  I've been trying to meet with him for two years and I can't get though his staff to set up a meeting.  Frustrating!!!  Please win Chris!!!

Joe
Joe

 That's a bold statement.  Keith Ellison's approval rating in the 5th suggests that he is doing pretty well by his constituents.  Better than most of his peers.  What exactly is he doing so wrong, and what would you do differently?

Somali American Voices
Somali American Voices

I strongly believe congressman Kieth should serve 5 district residents who put him into office rather than trying to serve Arab Isreali conflict that is decades old. A huge majority of somali American who voted for him are struggling issues that has become international. Minnesota has the first, second and third American suicide bomber. Over 40 Somali American youth has been recruited form minnesota. HELLO. Keith says he is Muslim. What has he done to stop that? On the contrary he attacks those poor parent who became the first Muslim Americans who spoke out against this radicalization that changed the American and the world look at security. Where is Keith? Defending terror? Did he ever created one job in Somali American community. Keith is not a king. He is an ellected official and Somali American vote is not what he thought it is. It is a very smart vote. Enough is enough.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

All you can bring up are your tired stereotypes and arguments you have no comebacks for, like: your continued fascination with the "peyote button" habit you perceive i have. I've explained why democracy is actually pretty stupid because kim kardashian and paris hilton's votes weigh more than the next nikola tesla's. Etc. You prove your narrow life experience by your narrow reality tunnel. Until you open up, your kung fu won't be strong.

Cedariverside
Cedariverside

I who engages a lot of Somali American voters in voting, I would like to mention that I have organized for Keith and have known him many yrs. I also want to mention that I have recently met Chris Fieldman. I was very surprised about the differences. Though Somali american and Eat african vote has continously voted for Kieth, he never delivers anything. Yes Nothing tangible. He only comes back in November, prays our mosques, yells Salama Alaykum and tells us to vote. That is it. When confronted about what he promises, he gets very angry, yells at people (even our elders) and stomps out. In his speaches at our community events, he talks about fear. How Islam is being attacked. Actually, in the somali American, he earned quite a few nicknames.The Fake American mullah, The warlord for his dividing our community so severely. The dictator for his vengenence agains those who question him on his promises that never materialize. Christ is a gentle, kind and inclusive man that do not promise the heavens but listen and learn and learn. The community is very interested to know more about him as the community seeks an alternative (secretly) lol

Chris Fields
Chris Fields

Im not in the Tea Party Hunter,  Its not ok for you to be flat out prejudice.  Because I am a Republican you assume the worse without checking the record.  Is it now ok to assume that I Black I like watermelon and fried chicken?  I actually do, but you get the point.

Chris Fields
Chris Fields

Lamprey I don't think the Democrats have a better record of governing.  If you said both political parties have poisoned our political process you would find me agreeing with you.

Dr. J
Dr. J

Hey Chris, I loved how you made yourself look tottally stupid in the little media attention you are going to get.

Now Trending

Minnesota Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...