MINNEAPOLIS -- Incumbent DFL Congressman U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison twice called his Republican opponent Chris Fields a "lowlife scumbag" in an extremely contentious, personal and at times uncivil debate Thursday morning that at one point led to a local radio station cutting away to dead air until tempers had cooled.
Midway into the debate Fields alluded to recent DFL research into Fields' 2006 divorce, the heated words were exchanged, and KFAI News Director Dale Connelly cut the audio feed in the studio while he literally stepped between the arguing men.
Patch sites in the Fifth Congressional District (see below) hosted a CoverItLive liveblog and chat (archived above). Patch users submitted questions via Twitter (#MN5debate) and through local Patch Facebook pages:
- Fridley Patch
- Golden Valley Patch
- Hopkins Patch
- St. Louis Park Patch
- Southwest Minneapolis Patch
- Richfield Patch
- Edina Patch
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