"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."
Ellison at one point called Fields a "lowlife scumbag" and also repeatedly called him a liar.
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Patch also received confirmation that Fields will be releasing a statement this afternoon as well. Patch will update readers as more information becomes available.
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