Tea party Democrat to run anti-abortion ads against Rep. Ellison

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 19:35 EDT
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A Democratic primary candidate for Congress and tea party activist is airing graphic anti-abortion ads against a fellow Democrat in Minnesota, according to KARE 11.

Gary Boisclair is running against incumbent Rep. Keith Ellison (D) in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District. Boisclair has purchased air time to show three graphic ads targeting Ellison for his support of a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.

“I am fighting for the unborn,” Boisclair told KARE 11. “Only by making people are people going to wake up and do something about it.”

The ad accuses Ellison of being willing to kill an “unborn baby” and describes Planned Parenthood as a “criminal syndicate.” The ad features numerous pictures of bloody aborted fetuses.

Boisclair was born and raised in Minneapolis, according to his website. But he hasn’t lived in the state since 2003. His official residence listed in West Virginia. Boisclair explained to the Star Tribune that he is a Democrat because, “Democrats know how to fight for the little guy, and I’m fighting for the littlest guy.”

Boisclair is a member of the Society for Truth and Justice, an anti-abortion group that is running primary challenges around the country with the sole intention of airing graphic ads. The group is taking advantage of Federal Communication Commission (FCC) loophole that prevents campaign ads from being censored. FCC-licensed TV stations can reject ads based on graphic content, but they are required by law to run the ads of federal candidates within the 45-day window of any primary.

The group was founded by Randall Terry, who is running as a Democrat against President Barack Obama. The Society for Truth and Justice currently has five candidates nationwide. The group knows its candidates have no chance of winning in the primary elections, but that is not the point.

“If we spend $150,000 or $250,000 collectively on hard-hitting TV ads, we can begin to drive the agenda,” Terry told the Star Tribune.

Boisclair’s first ad attacked Ellison for believing in the Muslim faith. The ad was uploaded to YouTube, but has since been removed by the the video hosting service.

“We did not pick this fight,” Boisclair said. “Islam’s war against Christianity and human liberty has raged against us for 1,400 years. We are merely responding with the truth.”

The ads can be viewed below. (Warning: Contains graphic images.)

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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