Chris Fields calls on Keith Ellison to fire someone over 'coked out James Brown' gaffe
Fields thinks someone working for Ellison should lose their job over the ill-advised tweet.
Last Friday, Keith Ellison said he wasn't the author of a controversial Thursday night tweet sent from his official Twitter account, but he apologized nonetheless.
The tweet said, "Nothing like 80's coke addicted James Brown to close out a Republican convention." Hours later, Ellison followed up with, "I didn't author tweet re James Brown last nite, but I apologize. I'm a JB fan. Also, I would never denigrate anyone in recovery."
Before Ellison's apology, the staffer responsible for the tweet said, "I work for Rep Ellison & tweeted from this acct a comment about James Brown. Rep Ellison did not send tweet & I apologize for the error." But despite numerous requests for the staffer to identify him- or herself, their name hasn't been revealed.
Republican Chris Fields, Ellison's November challenger, chalks it up as just another instance of Ellison's alleged accountability deficiency.
In a statement entitled "Fields Responds to Ellison Twitter Gaffe," Fields said, "No one in [Ellison's] office will be fired over this because he doesn't believe in accountability. He has set such a bad example and he has no [one] to blame but himself."
Elsewhere in the statement, Fields references the irony of Ellison, a politician who has repeatedly called for more civility and tolerance in politics, repeatedly getting himself in trouble over incendiary tweets. In April, the congressman retweeted a message calling Mitt Romney "A heartless douchebag who doesn't like animals or small children." Ellison's communications director later claimed the retweet was accidental.
These types of comments from the Ellison camp stun no one because people are used to Keith Ellison tossing grenades and using toxic language, that's unbecoming of an elected official. They are also use to Ellison saying one thing and doing another. On multiple occasions Congressman Ellison has called for civility in politics. He has failed to live up to his own call.
"Small minds produce malicious tweets," Fields concluded. "Leaders work together to produce big solutions."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.