Attorney General Race Heats Up as Candidates Debate

October 22, 2018 10:28 AM

With just over two weeks until Election Day, voters across Minnesota are facing choices for the state's future.

Sunday night, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS moderated debates for every major contest, from governor to Senate to attorney general.

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Some of the more tense exchanges happened between attorney general candidates Keith Ellison and Doug Wardlow.

RELATED: KSTP Day of Debates: Attorney General Candidates Ellison and Wardlow

Allegations of domestic violence against Ellison were brought up during the debate. Just days before the current congressman won the DFL nomination for attorney general, an ex-girlfriend came forward, saying her relationship with Ellison was emotionally abusive and that there was an incident of physical violence.

Ellison has denied the allegations. The DFL hired an attorney to investigate but that lawyer found there wasn't enough evidence to prove allegations.

RELATED: DFL Launches Investigation into Ellison Allegations; Party Chair Supports Him 'At This Point'

Still, it remains a topic at the forefront of the attorney general race, even as Ellison argued the issue of domestic violence shouldn't be politicized, "particularly when many of the people that are weaponizing this situation have failed to bring it up in other critical situations."

Ellison went on to say, "For example, President Trump has been credibly accused 19 times, one on tape. In fact, no one can forget that particular occasion, yet the people who continue to weaponize this particular allegation against me have failed to mention that at all."

Wardlow responded with, "This is absolutely a legitimate issue for voters to consider here. President Trump is not on the ballot here. Ellison is, and he wants to be, our state's top cop, our state's top law enforcement official. There are serious and troubling allegations of domestic violence."

Ellison fired back, mentioning a recording that captured Wardlow saying if he became Minnesota's next attorney general, he'd fire 42 Democratic attorneys right away and bring in Republican attorneys.

Wardlow defended himself, saying, when a new individual steps into the role, things must be shaken up.

KSTP Day of Debates

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