On Oct. 18, in the Minneapolis studios of KFAI-FM (90.3 or 106.7), Rep. Keith Ellison and GOP challenger Chris Fields engaged in a 5th District debate that quickly turned ugly.
In the first half of the debate, Ellison accused Fields of lying about being on the U.S. House’s Foreign Affairs Commission in a previous KFAI interview. Ellison repeatedly talked over Fields and called him a liar.
Midway into the debate, Fields alluded to recent DFL research into Fields' 2006 divorce which quickly enraged Ellison. Ellison called Fields a "scumbag" and KFAI News Director Dale Connelly cut the audio feed and physically stepped between the arguing men.
Hours after the debate ended, Ellison issued an apology. "In response to my opponent's false statement, I made an uncivil reference to him. I should not have done so," Ellison said in a statement. "I acted beneath my personal standard as a public official, and I apologize."
Fields did not apologize for any of his actions, but he did release a statement saying that Ellison "cannot deliver."
“At a time when we need civility and leadership from Washington politicians Congressman Ellison has proved that he cannot deliver and as a result we all suffer," Fields said in a statement. "The Ellison campaign has been engaged in name-calling and various other political games designed to detract attention from Congressman Ellison’s record of failure."
For a complete list of Golden Valley Patch articles about the debate, read on:
REPLAY: Rep. Keith Ellison's Name-Calling Gets Vulgar in Angry Debate
AUDIO: Hear the Low Points of Today's Fractious Ellison-Fields Debate
What Happened in KFAI Studio During Keith Ellison-Chris Fields Debate Fracas
Ellison: 'I Acted Beneath My Personal Standard'
Fields: 'Keith Ellison Proved He Cannot Deliver'