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5th District Challenger’s Graphic Abortion, Anti-Islam Ads Air on TV

Opponents accuse Gary Boisclair of running for office to take advantage of rules that require stations to carry candidate ads—however disturbing the imagery.

A candidate mounting a primary challenge against 5th District Rep. Keith Ellison has begun running controversial television ads with graphic images of dead children and purported aborted fetuses.

that Gary Boisclair had released an anti-Islam ad. That ad by an anti-abortion ad. No television station aired the ads at the time, but the Tea Party supporter looked forward to seeing them on TV during the 45-day period before the primary when rules require stations to carry candidate ads—however disturbing the imagery.

The candidate saw his plan fulfilled this week.

Boisclair is running in the DFL primary . The Minnesota Independent accuses him of launching the primary bid as part of a Society for Truth and Justice effort to exploit the loophole that allows the airing of graphic ads.

“That’s certainly one of the sub-goals of the mission,” Boisclair told Patch.

But broadcasters aren’t happy about it. KARE 11 ran a disclaimer before the first ads ran during its 4 p.m. Tuesday broadcast that stated, “The following political advertisement contains scenes that may be disturbing to children. Viewer discretion is advised.”

The TV station aired a segment explaining why it had to run the ads. It also posted an article on its website with the headline, “TV stations powerless to block objectional political ads.

The anti-Islam video shows images that purport to be a destroyed church in Kirkuk, Iraq; dead Christians in Egypt; and beheaded bodies in Indonesia. It juxtaposes Ellison swearing an oath on the Koran with a presumed terrorist holding a Koran and an assault rifle.

The abortion ad begins with Boisclair saying, “This is beautiful, beautiful beyond words,” as photos of mothers and babies flash onto the screen. The ad then segues to photos of aborted babies.

“This is ugly, ugly beyond description,” Boisclair says. “Who would do this? Who would kill an unborn baby? Congressman Keith Ellison for one.”

Boisclair then attacks Ellison’s support for what the challenger calls “the criminal syndicate Planned Parenthood.”

( to watch Boisclair’s anti-Islam ad. to watch the anti-abortion ad. Caution. Both contain graphic content.)

Boisclair lists his home address as Purgitsville, WV, according to filings with the Secretary of State. Congressional candidates do not have to live in the states they’re running to represent on the day of the primary. The U.S. Constitution only requires that they live in the state on Election Day.

Steve Soucy August 10, 2012 at 02:37 PM
This unfortunate opponent to Ellison has taken campaigning to an all time, sadly, new LOW in the State of Minnesota. God forbid that such candidate actually make it into office. Much is revealed about his character and quite frankly, he scares the hell out of me. He and Michelle Bachmann should be in asylums. Incredible!!
Average Minnesotan August 10, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Ellison's doing a great job and I'm excited to support his re-election. Go Keith!
Michael Rose August 10, 2012 at 04:20 PM
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Jesse Lykken August 11, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Dear "Average" (sorry, but for some reason you didn't use your name). I agree with Rep. Ellison on almost every issue. My objection to him is that he is WAY too quiet. He just isn't a leader. He pales in comparison with his two predecessors, Marty Sabo and Don Fraser. Ellison should be screaming against the war(s) from the roof of the capitol dome, and calling for the prosecution of the Wall Streeters/Bankers each and every day until it gets done. I know folks defend him by saying he is still pretty green, or doesn't have a raucous personality. I don't care. Leaders lead, and Keith doesn't. I will probably end up writing in Capt. James T. Kirk, as I do with most races. I seem to be doing so more and more lately. Sad.
Matt August 11, 2012 at 08:22 PM
as he graphically exaggerates, religious extremism is a terrible thing... too bad he doesn't recognize the relative extremism in his own presentation.

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