Chris Fields: "My uniform has been off for barely a year, and now I'm a lying scumbag? C'mon"

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Fields: "I went about this campaign with the utmost integrity."
During a debate yesterday, Congressman Keith Ellison created national waves by calling his Republican opponent, Chris Fields, a "lowlife scumbag."

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City Pages connected with Fields following the rancorous debate. Regarding the overheated "scumbag" exchange, he said, "When I say that Congressman Ellison is unable to have a conversation with somebody he disagrees with without vilifying him, the debate is proof positive."

After 21 years as a Marine, Fields retired from the military last year. "My uniform has been off for barely a year, and now I'm a lying scumbag just because I decided to put a 'R' before my name? C'mon," he said.

Personal attacks aside, Fields characterized Ellison's approach during the debate as emblematic of how he's handled the whole campaign. "It's like that Barack Obama line," he said. "When you can't beat someone on the issues, make it about small things."

One issue Fields has dwelled on is state of North Minneapolis, in particular the area's lack of economic investment and black-white umemployment gap. Fields thinks Ellison is neglecting those problems and spending too much time on national and international issues.

"What I've said all along is that things are not getting better [on the Northside] because we have a congressman focused on overseas issues and not focused on the 5th [Congressional District]," Fields said. "Congressman Ellison has taken to giving us a lecture -- because the 5th is part of the U.S. and the U.S. is part of the world, he's gotta be up to speed and focus on these other parts of the world... [but] the need is at home."

"I have a domestic agenda -- that's the need right now," Fields said.

But Ellison supporters argue that Fields is more focused on tearing Keith down than he is on building up the Northside. For instance, in the "Issues" section of his website, Fields discusses the federal budget, taxes, healthcare, energy, and even Israel, but nowhere does he mention a plan to revitalize north Minneapolis. Ellison, on the other hand, cites his long history of living and working on behalf of the Northside, and argues that the systemic problems confronting the area won't be solved as easily as Fields seems to think they can be.

Fields says he hopes the rest of the campaign, including one last debate with Ellison next Tuesday at the Minneapolis Urban League, will center on the issues, not failed marriages. But yesterday's Ellison meltdown provided him with an opening to draw Keith's character into question.

"I look at the other congressional races out there -- do you see John Kline acting like that? You don't see Erik Paulsen acting like that," Fields said. "They're in tougher districts than I am, so why [talk like that]? There's something wrong here."

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CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

You people confuse me. "want  a regular guy". He had a divorce, it's not a sit-com shit gets real/thrown.

BTW kinda glossed over.. Keith with his 150k+ salary is only paying $500 a month in support!

Serious WTF I was paying that amt when only making 30K for one child. Who did he pay off or leverage to make that happen?  Hell there are guys in jail making bigger CS payment how is Keith skating by?

 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Chris Fields is a wife beater.   Not only is he a wife beater he was stupid enough to mention it in a debate to make sure everyone knew.  What a scumbag. 

FrankNeuville
FrankNeuville

@atrupar @FieldsFor5thCD Well, somebody had to say it.

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

What does Chris Fields do for a living? I get that he was a career Marine, but combat troops don't really get the kind of experience that helps them to be effective members of Congress.

 

Keith Ellison is from Detroit, but he served in the Minnesota legislature and lived in Minneapolis a while before running for Congress. How long has Chris Fields lived here? Does he know about Minneapolis? or just the USMC and his hometown of the South Bronx? His campaign bio says he got out of the Marines in August 2011. Has he really only lived here 13 months? 

 

I'm disappointed Rep. Ellison trash talked Fields, but I'll be even more disappointed if Minneapolis elects a cipher to replace an icon.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Ellison's childishness frequently disappoints. I vote for him, but usually, begrudgingly. He needs to class up his game...one has to think there are some night & evening courses in Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking offered in the DC area.

 

Come on Keith...leave the name calling for the l'enfants terribles on the other side of the aisle. Class. It. Up.

rvm4
rvm4

It sounds to me like Ellison tore a page right out of the GOP playbook - belittle your opponent and call them names - which is unfortunate. As a Democrat and especially as the only Muslim in Congress, he's got a massive target painted on his back (put there by every scumbag blogger, scumbag talk radio host and queen scumbag Michele Bachmann) a and that means he needs to be the elegant one in the room. Get a thicker skin, Keith or Ventura is going to start to look sane.

A1batross
A1batross

Wait, is Fields suggesting soldiers never lie? Tell that to General Colin "Iraq has WMDs" Powell! Hell, soldiers tell enough lies that Viet Nam named a massacre after one...

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

Oh, and Chris, you try and say it's about the issues, but yet, you keep saying that Keith is a "reverse racist" and attacking HIS character. Hypocrisy at it's finest.

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

"When I say that Congressman Ellison is unable to have a conversation with somebody he disagrees with without vilifying him, the debate is proof positive." Um, Chris, weren't you the one who started the whole exchange by FALSELY accusing Keith of digging up your restraining order? And well... that's just the kind of person you are Chris, angry, confrontational, and a liar...

Michelle Glass
Michelle Glass

Ellison isn't fit for office. He needs to be voted out.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Yeah, because soldiers NEVER lie, right General Colin "Iraq has WMDs" Powell? Hell, soldiers tell enough lies that Viet Nam named a massacre after one.

ajm6792
ajm6792

@atrupar @fieldsfor5thcd What, everyone in the military is automatically above reproach? They are people too.

vonschlosser
vonschlosser

exactly, why do we need a marine? and there's nothing about being a marine that precludes one from being a scumbag, in or out of the uniform.we have lots of marines in north minneapolis. certainly non scumy ones whove been a part of this community longer than fields has.  I don't see any enemy fortresees that need to be taken, or trenches that need securing or whatever. so why exactly his military experience what we need?

FieldsFor5thCD
FieldsFor5thCD

@adammiller67 @atrupar Not everyone but you cant hold a Top Secret clearance like I did and be of questionable character like @keithellison

FoundingFodder
FoundingFodder

@FieldsFor5thCD @adammiller67 @atrupar @keithellison Keith Ellison told me who would not support our constitution on twitter

ajm6792
ajm6792

@FieldsFor5thCD @atrupar @keithellison Wrapping yourself in the flag while hurling insults at others is surely a hallmark of character

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