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

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For Fields and Ellison, it's become personal.
:: UPDATE :: Keith Ellison apologizes for calling Chris Fields a scumbag

This morning's debate between Congressman Keith Ellison and his Republican challenger Chris Fields was an epic piece of political ugliness.

SEE ALSO: Chris Fields' then-wife filed a restraining order against him in 2006

Things got so heated that at one point it seemed as though KFAI cut away from their coverage in fears the two might come to blows. When they came back from a commercial break about 30 seconds later, Ellison could be heard still yelling at Fields, then the audio quickly cut away again.

The highlight came about halfway through the debate when Fields accused Ellison of spending money to research Fields' personal life. Earlier this month, City Pages reported on a restraining order Fields' ex-wife filed against him back in 2006, though it's unclear who paid for the research that dug up the court filing. Ellison, who accused Fields of lying repeatedly throughout the debate, took particular umbrage with the you-spent-money-to-get-dirt-on-me accusation and went into meltdown mode.

"You're really stupid for bringing up the domestic violence," Ellison said. "You're a scumbag. You're a lowlife scumbag."

Here, via Patch, is a transcript of the exchange that ensued after Fields briefly brought up Ellison's 2010 divorce:
CHRIS FIELDS: I'm trying to remove the biggest obstacle to fixing things. You're focused on looking into my divorce papers.

KEITH ELLISON: My daughter is in the next room -- I'm exercising a lot of self-control right now.

CHRIS FIELDS: My ex-wife was crushed by what you did.

KEITH ELLISON: You know I didn't do anything.
The debate was "temporarily put on hold" shortly thereafter, and when it resumed, both candidates had adopted more civil tones -- at least until the end, when Ellison told Fields, "I look forward to your concession speech, sir."

Considering the WWE-esque tone of the debate, it's not a surprise to learn that Ellison and Fields didn't shake hands when it was said and done.


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45 comments
Wellstoned
Wellstoned

Keith Ellison (D-Mecca) is a joke of a man and a terrible politician. What has he done for the 5th district? He wins elections by capturing the white guilt vote in 5th district. Too many people up there are afraid to vote for someone else out of fear of being called a racist.

Michelle Glass
Michelle Glass

Ellison is a hack. He's unfit for office. Get out.

vonschlosser
vonschlosser

you barley scratch the surface of Field's past and scandals pop out at you, why should i take his word about what happened with his ex wife? or the former staff that's suing him? what makes him qualified to serve in congress? let alone representing a district he's hasn't even lived in for more than 2 years? has anyone seen proof that he actually served in the marines? or that he grew up in the Bronx? nothing about his past adds up, and no one who lives in MN seems to vouch for him. I can't trust him.

debowabo
debowabo

@citypages classy! I'm glad he doesn't represent my district.

Christian Ucles
Christian Ucles

Keith Ellison needs to be hired by the Obama Campaign to help with Debate prep

keny1
keny1

I've got to give Rupar credit for reporting this story, as none of the other media outlets have even touched on this.  I love it when politics turn into a Jerry Springer episode. 

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Oh...and Ellison is about as one sided as Bachmann...which is ironic. When will we move towards the middle and far from the edges. Freaking news sources jacking the ignorant making them feel smart. 

Tom Fru
Tom Fru

Fields all but made the case that he's a scumbag by himself. Keith was simply stating the obvious.

Darryl Fruchter
Darryl Fruchter

If it's true then it's just journalism, not name calling...just the facts, ma'm....

SoundCloud
SoundCloud

Where can we HEAR it? Sounds thrilling.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Stay classy Keith..

I agree, KE will get reelected the voters in the 5th are just as dumb as those in the 6th.

Matthias Weigel
Matthias Weigel

While I don't agree with the name calling it's hard to argue that he isn't a lowlife scumbag...

seksi
seksi

MT @atrupar US Rep @keithellison (incumbent, DFL) calls challenger Fields "a lowlife scumbag" during heated debate http://t.co/8xIgeCvt

Jontevlin
Jontevlin

@atrupar @keithellison @FieldsFor5thCD Whoa. Sorry I missed that.

YipYee
YipYee

Oh man, this story is gonna get so many pageviews!  How long until the Fox Nation links to this insightful journalism?  I can see the headline now: "MUSLIM RAGE IN MINNESOTA - BACHMANN PREDICTED THIS IN THE BIBLE!!"

Kyle Amundson
Kyle Amundson

I just find it hard to believe that Chris Fields can't admit to being a lowlife scumbag.

William Davis
William Davis

Awesome. I've met Chris Fields. I'm with Keith on this one.

vonschlosser
vonschlosser

not you though right? it seems you don't mind at all being a racist?

panopticon13
panopticon13

@commiegirl1 It was a radio debate, so no vid. But the audio is available online (I can send the URL if you need it).

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @CinBlueland Chris Fields is a liar who has run a dirty campaign.  Republicans have been attacking Keith's religion since he first started running.  I'm glad he is fighting back against an embarrassing asshole like Chris Fields.   You are just a pathetic troll to pretend to care about civility.  You "like" and make racist comments all the time.  Not to mention your sexist and homophobic comments.  Republican bullies don't like when they get called on their bullshit.  Every election the Republicans run some crazy bigot to provoke Keith.  Keith takes his job seriously and does real good.  He isn't on Fox News babbling about the Lion King making your kids gay like Bachmann.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

 @YipYee You know apparently people in Minnesota forgot what its like to see two sides of an argument and rather have concluded they know all and anyone against that is wrong or stupid. Its a shame most democrats (of which I am one) are just stupid hipsters that are following another trend. Hence the dropoff of Obama post the "buzz". Stop reading huffington post and cnn and find some partisan news sources. 

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

 @YipYee Considering this was written by one of Bachmann's biggest bashers, it must have been ugly. Too bad nobody will ever see the video as the mainstream press will never report what a tool Keith is.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

 @MicheleBachmann Keith has been lying and and doing nothing for the past two years. I'm surprised he even showed up since the only thing he can do is bury himself.

I'm surprised Chris didn't call him on his CAIR funded trip to Mecca.

And really.. You, "Youre a fucking retard, stupid, bigot" are going to give lessons on civility?

 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @k2yeb Oh yeah the Democrats are the closed minded ones.  What party thinks gay marriage ruins straight marriages?   What party thinks that evolution is a lie?   What party thinks Sarah Palin should be a heartbeat away from having nuclear weapons?   Could you imagine the realty show President Palin could have had?    No one but a Fox News watching idiot liar would claim the Democrats are the close minded party. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

 @CinBlueland "Too bad nobody will ever see the video..."

 

 

KFAI is a radio station you fucking moron.

Wellstoned
Wellstoned

Sorry, not CinClueland. I meant keny1 is a moron.

Wellstoned
Wellstoned

He's not a bigot, but you are clearly a moron.

CommonCents
CommonCents

I was thinking what a shame it was that Ellison and Fields are what voters are presented with as "choices"...  Then I read these posts and it occured to me we are probably getting what we deserve...  Karma's a bitch...

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @CinBluelandI call you a bigot because you are a bigot.  You say racist, sexist, and homophobic things all the time.  You have "liked" comments with racial slurs in them.  It's not being uncivil to tell the truth.   The truth is you are a stupid bigot. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @k2yeb : you're the most closed-minded poster on here and you're democrat...

_Joe_
_Joe_

 @CinBlueland  Nope.  But as long as you're content to put words in my mouth, I'll just leave both sides of this argument to you.

 

Let me know who wins.

 

kthxbai

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @CinBlueland you've been caught multiple times not reading articles you cite as evidence.  You just looked stupid complaining about a radio station not having video.   You don't get to tell a lie about how liberals are stupid when you have been caught being stupid so many times.  You have to shut up because you've been embarrassed.  You are a stupid fool and got made fun of  for being a stupid fool.   Stop talking fool.  Learn a lesson.  

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

 @MicheleBachmann No I really meant it would be great to see a video of this debate.

Most liberals are too dumb to listen to the entire debate and only want to watch a 30sec clip.  

 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @CinBlueland You are too dumb to ever read the articles fully.  Don't cry like a little baby when people make fun of you for being stupid.   You obviously didn't mean webcam, you aren't smart enough to read the whole article you got called out on it.  If you don't like why don't you think before you post stupid. Better yet, go post on Stormfront with the other racists and no one will call you out on your stupidity.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

 @_Joe_ Joe, you fucking partisan tool, many radio stations also have an in studio cam setup.

There may have been one even though it wasn't broadcasted.

The non-verbal communication might tell even more of the story.

 

Or let me guess, you're taking me at what I "literally" posted, but when Obama was called on for not calling the Libya attacks terrorism.. We should use the "implied" standard..

 

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