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Chris Fields Ad: 'Vote for This Black Guy, Not That One'

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison discussed foreign policy in the Middle East on MSNBC.

The Chris Fields for Congress campaign posted two ads on YouTube Sept. 26, attacking U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) with racial themes:

  • A short spot uses simple graphics with the message, "Vote for this black guy, not that one."
  • A longer ad for the Republican says, "If anyone voted for Keith Ellison because he was black, well, that has worked out so well for black people."

Ellison appeared on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Sept. 28 to discuss United States policy in the Middle East: "We really need to show the people of the region know that we’re on the side of human rights and democracy and we're not going to abandon them to extreme elements that would really try to replace a secular dictatorship with a religious one. We need to stay on the side of the people."

Fields tweeted about an April 2011 Facebook quiz response by Ellison communications director Matt Roznowski, claiming it showed the Ellison aide had conceded that election fraud was a problem. Roznowski responded that the context was a 2011 election in Waukesha, WI, and called the "deliberate misrepresentation about my private, personal Facebook page."

Ellison issued a statement after the Sept. 27 mass-shooting at Accent Signage in Minneapolis: "Just a few weeks ago, I visited the business with Mayor Rybak and was able to see their success firsthand. Now is a time for the Minneapolis metropolitan community to come together in mourning and solidarity."

In a post at Patch's Local Voices section, Fields called on Ellison to condemn remarks by U.S. Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO), chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus that Fields said "put race based loyalties and misguided political agendas ahead of their sworn duty to serve."  

Candace Oathout October 03, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Don't care for the tactic used but do we really want two more years of the non-Representative Ellison's lack of concern for the significant portion of his constituents who don't live in North Minneapolis?
mike savick October 05, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Fields accused Ellison of not caring about the Northside. Which "truth" is it? Candidate Fields should also understand that the Republican party left Lincoln in 1964 when they welcomed the segregationist Dixicrat trash who walked out of the Democratic Pary over the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Now Republican Southern "Gentlemen" like Strom Thurmond & Jessie Helms held powerful committee chairs for decades and choked any civil rights legislation, environmental , consumer protection & worker protection legislation. Hardly the Party of Lincoln!
mike savick October 05, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I don't live in the Northside (St louis Park) and Keith Ellison and his staff have represented me well. I will continue to vote and campaign for him.
Nancy E Gertner October 05, 2012 at 03:03 PM
So is candidate Fields trying to appeal to only Black voters in MN 5? As a suburban white woman, I'm looking for a reason to vote for a non-incumbent to make the next Congress more productive than the "Do Nothing" (but oppose President Obama) 112th Congress. Candidate Fields has one demographic element in common with me that incumbent Ellison does not: he is a military veteran. My experience and observation is that Congressman Ellison and his staff are accessible and helpful, both in the DC and Minnesota offices, via phone, email, letter and personal visits. Mike Siebenaler in the MN office is particularly helpful on disability issues for veterans and civilians. Why would I want to trade that away for an inexperienced candidate that touts himseld as "the other black guy?" I consider myself fortunate to be represented by an elected official that truly tries to represent the best interests of ALL of his constituents. Not all Minnesotans are as blessed as we in MN5.
Kathy Rendall October 05, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Chris, I do hope you read this, you certainly lost my vote with that ad. What are you going to do for CD5 that Ellison is currently not doing should be the focus of your video. I was hoping you would be at least the lesser of two evils. But, you're a lunatic to say the least. I think you both are out of touch; and again, I will skip that section of the ballot, or just write my own name in.

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