Keith Ellison apologizes for calling Chris Fields a scumbag

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Ellison, in his apology: "My opponent has repeatedly and personally attacked me."
As we reported earlier today, this morning's Keith Ellison-Chris Fields debate got out of control and bitterly personal in a hurry.

SEE ALSO: Keith Ellison calls Chris Fields "a lowlife scumbag" during heated debate

The lowlight came when Ellison called Fields "a lowlife scumbag" after Fields accused him of spending money to dig into his personal history, which include a 2006 restraining order filed by Fields' ex-wife. Things only got more heated once Fields brought up Ellison's 2010 divorce, a move that seemed to particularly bother Ellison since his daughter was listening to the debate in the adjacent room.

But in a statement released by his campaign moments ago, Ellison apologized for going "over the line" this morning.

Here's his statement:
"Today during a radio broadcast debate, my opponent made false statements about an intensely personal family matter. My teenage daughter was present in the next room listening to the debate.

In response to my opponent's false statement, I made an uncivil reference to him. I should not have done so. I acted beneath my personal standard as a public official, and I apologize.

In the course of this campaign, we have been focused on creating economic prosperity for working families, protecting our constitutional right to vote, and making sure that everybody counts and everybody matters--and yet, my opponent has repeatedly and personally attacked me.

His untrue reference to the terms of my divorce was over the line, but my comment to him was over the line too. His tactics are no excuse for my departure from civility.

I will not allow this to happen again, and I regret my action."



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13 comments
Michelle Glass
Michelle Glass

Get out Ellison, you're unbalanced and an embarrassment.

vonschlosser
vonschlosser

we have a guy who had a restraining order served against him saying "don't bother asking my ex wife, trust me it wasn't like that" 

 

this point we the voters of the 5th need to hear from FIeld's ex wife. we are owed that much. there is just too much that doesn't smell right about what this guy says and does. and there doesn't seem to be anyone in MN who has known the Fields for more than 2 years and can seriously vouch for his character. without her explaining her side of the situation to us voters we have no choice other than to assume the worst about Chris Fields.

NEresident
NEresident

Ellison was pushed into a proverbial corner by Fields and his bullying.  Ellison let his emotions take over; he is human.  Personally, I am glad he has feelings and shows some raw emotion.  I am also thankful he apologized - a concept completely foreign to Fields.  Although the debate turned into a Jerry Springer show, I do believe that Ellison did a better job of answering questions and answering the questions asked. Fields likes to talk about his agenda regardless of the question - right now his agenda is tearing down another person rather delivering a coherent message.

David Higgins
David Higgins

Oh look, more politicians behaving in an immature fashion. People wonder why I refuse to vote, it is because I cannot morally justify supporting such behavior. Let both of them be damned.

Michael Flowers
Michael Flowers

Lucky for Keith, he can apologize for calling Fields a scumbag. Poor Chris has to live with it for the rest of his life.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Hmmm, I wonder if Keith's wife and her family are also a devout Muslims.  If so Keith destroyed his wife's standing with all males in her paternal family.   Also in the case of divorce with a Muslim family, the wife gets NOTHING.  Perhaps that is why his daughter was watching from the other room.

Isn’t Islam great!

 

dxyzstra
dxyzstra

Wait, why is he apologizing?  Chris Fields is a low life scumbag.

keny1
keny1

Sorry, buddy.  You made a complete ass of yourself and your lame attempt at an apology isn't going to make this go away.  You showed your true colors today.  Congratulations! 

keny1
keny1

 @NEresident Unfortunately, by letting his emotions take over, he lost a lot of credibility.  When people have to resort to Junior-high school name calling, especially these so-called politicians who are suppose to represent our interests, it makes one wonder about their character.  

_Joe_
_Joe_

 @TheConservativeJerk You are so deluded, I only occasionally read your comments anymore.  Always good for a laugh though.

Kieron
Kieron

 @keny1 Fields' colors were long since in evidence, however.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @keny1  @NEresident keny, you don't get to speak about anyone's chracter because you are a racist troll that types racial slurs constantly on this website.  Not only that but you traffic in homophobic and sexist insults too.  It all stems from your extreme stupidty and massive cowardice.  Losers like you would never have the courage to say something racist in public so you troll on the internet.  You are a pathetic loser. 

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