A recent debate between candidates proved politics can have its less-than-glamorous moments when the gloves come off and things get personal. No, we’re not taking about the second presidential debate. We’re talking about a debate much closer to home between 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison and Republican challenger Chris Fields. Debate tactics focused on policy were dropped in favor of name-calling and personal blows.

Ellison referred to his opponent as a “lowlife scumbag” during a KFAI radio debate, after Fields accused the DFL Party of searching for his divorce records. Fields retaliated by commenting on Ellison’s child support payments and recent divorce. Ellison has since apologized for his name-calling and both have promised to act civilly in the future. The rivals won’t publicly display their animosity, but we’re taking bets they have dart boards of each other’s faces in their offices.