Photo from Gary Boisclair website
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Gary Boisclair thinks he has found Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison's Achilles heel and he plans to exploit it in a very public manner.
Boisclair, a self-proclaimed Democrat who lives in West Virginia, has purchased air time on KARE 11 and other Twin Cities television stations this week to air a series of three extremely graphic anti-abortion ads.
"I am fighting for the unborn," Boisclair said during a phone interview with KARE 11. "Only by making people uncomfortable are people going to wake up and do something about it."
The first ad is scheduled to air during KARE 11 News at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The other two will follow on Wednesday and Thursday, also during KARE 11 News at 4 p.m.
"Who would do this? Who would kill an unborn baby?" Boisclair asks in a voiceover in one of the ads. "Congressman Keith Ellison for one," the challenger claims.
KARE 11 is required to run the ads to comply with federal rules that govern political advertising. The station will run a disclaimer each time one of Boisclair's advertisements run.
Those who want to comment on the political ads can do so on Boisclair's website.
Congressman Ellison's campaign manager Will Hailer released a written statement to KARE 11 on Tuesday. It reads:
"Mr. Boisclair's television ads are clearly designed to divide Minnesotans and spread fear. With his official residence listed in West Virginia, it's not surprising that Mr. Boisclair's views are out of touch with Minnesota values. Conversely, Rep. Ellison is a proud advocate for inclusion, dialogue, and a woman's right to access comprehensive reproductive health care."
Boisclair's campaign is also targeting Ellison's faith, raising questions about the 3-term incumbent's Muslim faith and adherence to the principals of the Koran.
His website says Boisclair was born in Minneapolis, raised in Buffalo, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul. He calls himself a Tea Party activist for The Society of Truth and Justice, an organization founded by nationally known anti-abortion activist Randall Terry in 2003.
Terry calls himself a Democratic candidate for President in 2012, and is best known for his role in founding Operation Rescue, an organization whose mission was shutting down clinics that perform abortions.
Boisclair confirms that Terry is a consultant on his campaign but insists that he is not part of an organized anti-abortion movement, that the decision to run against Ellison was his and his alone.
"I'm doing this of my own volition," Boisclair said. "He never asked me to run."
While he calls the candidacy legitimate, Boisclair is realistic about his chances of beating Ellison in the primary. "In this round I don't know if my chances are all that great. I'm not delusional. "
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