Sunday, October 21, 2012
Rep. Keith Ellison loses his cool with Chris Fields and more of the best from the West (Metro).
Editor's Note: Every week we provide a recap of the top stories from the following Patch sites: Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Complete coverage of the Ellison/Fields debate Patch was fortunate to team with independent station KFAI for a debate between the two candidates in the Fifth District. What ensued was a debate for the ages. Photos: Autumn Woods Classic at Elm Creek Park Reserve Runners and walkers took to the trails for the annual 5K, 10K and Kids Fun Run Oct. 13 in Maple Grove. Best Buy to Continue Black Friday Midnight Opening 'Tradition' After a midnight opening on Black Friday in 2011, Richfield-based …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Ellison called Fields a lowlife scumbag while Fields attacked Ellison for his low child support payments.
Thursday's debate at KFAI Radio's studio between Rep. Keith Ellison and Republican candidate Chris Fields was a fiery one, complete with low-blows and name-calling. In case you missed any of the action, Patch was in studio catching all the details: Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free daily newsletter | Check out Patch’s Pinterest boards
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Chris Fields campaign releases a statement following a debate with Rep. Keith Ellison that turned nasty Thursday morning.
During a heated debate with Rep. Keith Ellison, Republican challenger Chris Fields was able to remain fairly calm during Ellison's defensive, and at times, vulgar comments. The debate got so hot, the station cut into a break as the two candidates were arguing. The station's news director even had to step in to call things down at that point. Fields' campaign camp released a statement following the fiesty discussion: “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. Since Ellison has been in office he has pursued a senseless foreign policy agenda, failed domestic policies and pointless legislation such as reparations for slavery. …
News Director Dale Connelly interceded—physically—between congressman and challenger.
The combativeness between U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) and his Republican challenger Chris Fields is clear in the archived audio of their Oct. 18 debate at KFAI-FM. That was matched by the physical tension in the room, according to others who were in the small radio-station studio. At one (low) point, KFAI News Director Dale Connelly put himself bodily between the two political rivals. Ellison issued a statement of apology after the debate. Physical Drama Here's what happened, according to KFAI staff and volunteers interviewed shortly after the hourlong debate Thursday: As the debate took a personal turn, Ellison rose from his chair. Fields remained seated. The men were wedged about three feet apart in a corner of the tiny studio. …
Listen to the name-calling and judge for yourself who was wrong.
The conversation between 5th District Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and GOP challenger Chris Fields got dirty during a heated debate on KFAI Radio Thursday morning. Both men got defensive when the other brought up sensitive subjects—namely references to one another's families and personal lives. Listen to the low points in the audio above or visit KFAI-FM to hear the full debate. Patch sites in the Fifth Congressional District (see below) hosted a CoverItLive liveblog and chat. Patch users submitted questions via Twitter (#MN5debate) and through local Patch Facebook pages: Look for more stories about the debate later at these Patch sites. *** Other related stories:
Congressman Keith Ellison said he was acting as a father rather than public servant when a debate with Chris Fields took an uncivil turn Thursday.
After a near boxing match between Rep. Keith Ellison and his opponent Chris Fields during a debate on KFAI Radio Thursday morning, Ellison released a statement apologizing for his temper flare: "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 …
From throwing around words like "scumbag" to accusations, the Fifth District candidates let it all hang out Thursday morning during a lively debate at KFAI Radio.
With less than three weeks to Election Day, DFL Congressman Keith Ellison and his Republcan opponent Chris Fields went to bat for their candidacies in a heated debate on KFAI Radio Thursday morning. In fact, the discussion got so heated a temporary hold was put on the radio broadcast and livestream. Early in the hour-long debate, Ellison began repeatedly calling Fields a liar, and at one point shamed Fields for his alleged lies. “I’m not going to sit here and let you lie like that. You are not to be trusted,” Ellison said after Fields accused him of lying about being on the U.S. House’s Foreign Affairs Commission in a previous KFAI interview. “You ought to be ashamed of yourself for the liar that you are.” However, Fields took the name-…
Congressman later apologizes for incivility against Republican Chris Fields in a debate hosted by KFAI-FM and Patch.com.
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. LISTEN TO THE ARCHIVED AUDIO OF ELLISON-FIELDS DEBATE The debate, co-sponsored by KFAI (90.3 or 106.7), Patch.com and Mature Voices MN, was in the Minneapolis studios of KFAI and moderated by former KFAI news director Ahndi Fridell. 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…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The DFL congressman and his GOP challenger face off on KFAI-FM Oct. 18.
You can participate in a debate between U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) and Republican Chris Fields on Thursday, Oct. 18, 9–10 a.m. Join the Patch CoverItLive live blog and chat during the debate here. The two will square off at the studios of KFAI-FM (90.3 or 106.7), in Minneapolis, which will be livestreamed on all Fifth Congressional District Patch sites (listed below) as well as kfai.org. You can ask questions of the candidates directly via those Patch sites as well as social media: Send questions ahead of the debate by e-mail to the editor of Patch sites in the Fifth Congressional District:
Monday, October 15, 2012
International issues ‘part of job description,’ congressman says.
Appearing on Fox 9’s “Political Happy Hour” last Tuesday, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) defended his trips to the Middle East and his intense involvement in American foreign policy. Ellison’s challenger in the Fifth Congressional District race, Republican Chris Fields, has attacked Ellison’s focus on international as well as national issues. “I see a celebrity congressman focused on Syria, Libya, and Iran, and not focused enough on the most vulnerable among us,” Fields told Fox 9 last week. Ellison defended himself, saying “the reality is that dealing with foreign policy issues is part of your job description” as a congressperson, adding that he’s helped secure grants for local initiatives like the Northside Achievement Zone. Ellison Speaks …