Chris Fields: The Fifth District deserves better

  • Article by: CHRIS FIELDS
  • Updated: October 30, 2012 - 9:30 PM

How about a candidate focused on closing the employment and achievement gaps, rather than raising his own profile?

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jdlellis1Oct. 30, 12 9:12 PM

The reality of the up hill battle Mr. Fields faces in his candidacy for the U.S. House seat resides with a constituency where the mantras are focused on government dependence (North Minneapolis) and socialist ideology (U of MN). Minneapolis has been under local, state and federal control of the Democratic party for decades with many of the solutions to the problems unchanged and ineffective. In other words, if you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting.

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mcjoe1Oct. 31, 1212:36 AM

More like the Fifth District deserved a better opponent to Keith Ellison than you, Mr. Fields. I don't blame Rep. Ellison for his outburst against you - I think most people would've reacted the same way. Once you got the reaction that you incited, you switched your campaign to run on these out of context sound bites. Congratulations - you really frustrated a even-keeled congressman.. but why do we need more people like that in Washington!?!?

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luzhishenOct. 31, 12 7:02 AM

"...a constituency where the mantras are focused on government dependence (North Minneapolis) and socialist ideology (U of MN)." I thought the largest amount of dollars went to farmers, retirees, and business subsidies. Those students and welfare recipients didn't demand hundreds of millions of dollars for a stadium to house luxury skyboxes. I guess it's socialism when a poor person of another race receives the $$.

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jdlellis1Oct. 31, 12 8:56 AM

luzhishen, discussions with the political movers and shakers I've spoke with focus on a growing underclass where people are not engaged in the institutions and processes of our society. While you may be correct with respect to dollars, the focus of the previous statement was the number of people which as the number of farms decrease and urban life increases as it has since the 1800 - 1801 century change.

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copper88Oct. 31, 12 9:12 AM

A vote for Chris Fields is a vote for the likes of Eric Cantor and his tea party ilk. They've sat on their behinds for two years not lifting a finger to help our country get out of this recession or any of its other problems. Sorry Chris, you need to find a better political party.

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traderbillOct. 31, 1211:20 AM

Neither one of these men is the right one for the job. That said, it was never intended that someone go to Washington, make a career there, and then get a paid retirement plus being able to keep or control all of their unused campaign funds. Why do we give Congress a 10% approval rating - lower than Mubarak's at the time of the revolution AND the British Crown at the time of OUR revolution - but OUR representative is doing a good job. Why? Because he/she gets us things. Like Michele Bachmann's taking credit for an overprice bridge so her constituents ae willing to overlook her ridiculous statements and the fact that she is an embarrassment to her own party. She has also been divisve and used some of her campaign's funds to support other GOP candidates - providing they have an allegiance to her. Throw them out!

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cpceepOct. 31, 1212:21 PM

Given the childish tantrums of Keith Ellison lately and his lack of accomplishments these last 6 years, it's refreshing to see a candidate who wants success for everyone in the 5th. I don't care if he's a Republican. He walks the talk, growing up on welfare and watching his parents work out of it. He gets it. He also gets my vote.

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concernedduhOct. 31, 12 1:05 PM

Keith Ellison Progressive ideology is well documented and so is the Progressive movement, throughout history. The Progressives are actually the opposite, they promote old concepts, like unions and our current education system, that should have been left in the industrial age. Their goal is to create more poverty, so they have more control of the overall population. They exist in their current form, due to government intervention and control, while the country suffers, supporting non-efficient, uncompetitive industries, government and schools. Progressives resist any change that might effect jobs, which keeps industries and schools from evolving with society and technology. Time for a change, we need to really move this whole country forward and away from the so called "Progressive" movement.

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AndyL51Oct. 31, 12 1:16 PM

Keith Ellison is not interested in fixing the problems confronting people in North Minneapolis because he needs the narrative, " the evil Republicans, Conservatives, Tea Party are keeping you down!" With that narrative Ellison can count on the demagoguery of envy to get re-elected. Chris Fields has found a solution to the problems of unfortunate circumstances in his own life and is prepared to serve the people of the 5th Congressional District. We need a leader like Chris Fields not a self serving demagogue like Ellison.

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jdlellis1Oct. 31, 12 4:37 PM

Considering Representative's Ellison's strict Democratic voting record (including Rep. McCollum), does anyone believe the Tribune Editorial Board would tag him with the label "extreme" as is done with Representative Bachman ? Inquiring minds want to know!

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