Keith Ellison apologizes for calling Chris Fields a scumbag

Ellison, in his apology: "My opponent has repeatedly and personally attacked me."
Ellison, in his apology: "My opponent has repeatedly and personally attacked me."

As we reported earlier today, this morning's Keith Ellison-Chris Fields debate got out of control and bitterly personal in a hurry.

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The lowlight came when Ellison called Fields "a lowlife scumbag" after Fields accused him of spending money to dig into his personal history, which include a 2006 restraining order filed by Fields' ex-wife. Things only got more heated once Fields brought up Ellison's 2010 divorce, a move that seemed to particularly bother Ellison since his daughter was listening to the debate in the adjacent room.

But in a statement released by his campaign moments ago, Ellison apologized for going "over the line" this morning.

Here's his statement:

"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 everybody counts and everybody matters--and yet, my opponent has repeatedly and personally attacked me.

His untrue reference to the terms of my divorce was over the line, but my comment to him was over the line too. His tactics are no excuse for my departure from civility.

I will not allow this to happen again, and I regret my action."

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