Gary Boisclair, congressional candidate, running graphic dead fetus ad on Twin Cities TV [VIDEO]

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Thanks to federal law, local stations are powerless to prevent Boisclair from airing his anti-abortion ad.
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Congressional candidate Gary Boisclair has absolutely no chance to defeat Keith Ellison in an August 14 Democratic primary, but he's making some noise with the graphic anti-abortion ad he's been running on local TV.

Boisclair, a 44-year-old West Virginia resident originally from Buffalo, Minnesota, is financing the ad -- which is running on all the major Twin Cities networks, including during NBC's Olympic coverage on KARE -- through his own campaign funds. And unfortunately for our local networks and TV watchers, federal law prevents stations from rejecting or altering ads bought and paid for by registered federal candidates who are actively campaigning.

Boisclair works closely with Randall Terry, a longtime anti-abortion crusader who made a name for himself protesting abortion clinics throughout the country. Terry told the Star Tribune ads like the one Boisclair is running here are intended to "shake the consciences of American voters" and raise abortion as a major issue in this year's presidential election.

From the Strib:
Boisclair, nephew of the late Twin Cities high-rise developer Robert Boisclair, is not shy about seeking attention for his cause, which is using the legal framework of a long-shot congressional campaign to secure uncensored air time for its graphic images of abortion...

The strategy, pioneered in a District of Columbia race in 2010, represents a reversal of the recent practice where special interest groups run thinly disguised "issue ads" to help candidates they support. In this case, [Hamline University law professor David] Schultz said, the candidacy appears to be a pretext for raising an issue.
In addition to being anti-abortion, Boisclair is also anti-Islam -- he characterized Ellison's religion as having "a long history of shedding blood."

During a news conference yesterday, Boisclair told reporters he's been receiving death threats over the ad, but said he doesn't plan to back down.

"If you find that my television commercials are ugly, think rather of how ugly abortion is," he said. "And think that you have a representative named Mr. Ellison, who is fine with the murder of the unborn."

Here's a transcript of Boisclair's don't-watch-over-dinner ad, following by the video:
[An image of a pregnant mother's stomach] This is beautiful, beautiful beyond words. [An image of a dead fetus] This is ugly, ugly beyond description. Who would do this? Who would kill an unborn baby? Congressman Keith Ellison, for one.

Ellison has voted repeatedly to fund the slaughter of babies by the criminal syndicate Planned Parenthood, who kills 1,000 babies a day and throws their mangled bodies in sewers and landfills. I'll fight to make it a crime to kill an unborn baby.

I'm Gary Boisclair and I approve this message.


Will Hailer, Ellison's campaign manager, told the Strib that Boisclair's ad is "clearly designed to divide Minnesotans and spread fear," adding that "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, Representative Ellison is a proud advocate for inclusion, dialogue and a woman's right to access comprehensive reproductive health care," Hailer said.

One bit of good news -- with the DFL primary coming up next Tuesday, soon it'll again be safe to eat dinner while watching the 5 o'clock news.


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Pete Boisclair
Pete Boisclair

Yeah, that would be my Uncle. While I love him, I do not support or endorse, nor does most of my family support his hateful, anti-Muslim and anti-Gay campaign. So proud to be able to have voted for Keith Ellison today!

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

What a sicko.  These guys get off on showing this kind of imagery to children.  At least flashers and gropers aren't necrophiles.  The saving grace is they're spending their money going after Keith Ellison in MN-5, where people will be angered by this sort of crap and more likely to vote in order to repudiate this.  There's an old, nasty, description of an incredibly safe Congressional seat; to the effect that the incumbent couldn't lose unless he were caught in bed with a live boy or a dead girl.  I think Ellison would only have a problem in the latter case.  Especially with a sick S.O.B. like Boisclair, and goofballs like Chris Fields running against him.

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

But I guess he's OK with killing people who have already been born.

Chris
Chris

Boisclair's despicable ads made me think he should be aborted from our airwaves.  Ugh!

euonymous777
euonymous777

I got to view this man's add regarding abortion today. I have grandchildren tha are at the age where they cannot read the information before the add apears warning them that this add is for adults only or soemthing like that. To me this is an indecent and obscene add that shows a dead fetus, and it looks like it has been dead for awhile. I do not want my young grandchildren viewing this. I know that there parents would not allow it but if they are busy in the kitchen or cleaning the house and this add comes on there is little time to be able to change the channel or shut the tv off before it would come on. This man is allowing this type of thing to happen to young and innocent viewers who do not undestand what abortion is and need to have it explained per their ability to undestand, age level appropriate. There is a way to inform others about your stand on abortion but this is indecent and obscene for the youth in our country and for me it is also too much to view. This man is crazy. I have never had an abortion but it is not his right to tell me or any other woman what to  do with their body. I would like to tell him what to do with his body, but I have no right to do so. So Mr. Bosclair, mind your own business and leave my grand children and me alone. I am reporting you to the FCC for putting out pictures to the very young on our local channel that for me would be indecent and obscene to little eyes, to the yourth who are not ready to udnerstand abortion because they are too young.

Bots7730
Bots7730

This A-hole's mom should have aborted his sorry ass.

word_34
word_34

@vochoice @WentRogue Tell the fake candidate that Mitt Romney's Stericycle looks after the disposal of tissue

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

If I understand this correctly, it means that if I were to move to West Virginia, establish residency and then run for high office, I could run commercials featuring "goatses" and "tub girls"? In the context of promoting healthier lifestyles, of course!

Damian Goebel
Damian Goebel

I enjoy a good chuckle at aborted baby fetuses as much as the next guy, but in this case, it isn't funny....

green23
green23 topcommenter

It should also be noted that Boisclair has no previous history in the DFL, nor does he support *any* of the major positions of the Party. He wants to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Medicare and parrots every single talking point of the Tea Party. His entire pathetic pretense of being a Democrat is that "Democrats stick up for the little guy, and the fetus is the littlest guy". He can point to no DFL campaigns that he has been a part of, nor can he find any DFLers who remember him from any meetings prior to his decision to run.

 

Boisclair is clearly a rabid Republican who is taking advantage of the open process of the DFL to get a free airing of his extreme rhetoric.

 

Originally, he intended to run a highly-slanderous anti-Muslim 'campaign ad', but he is really just a stooge for Randall Terry, and Terry pays the bills. So, his focus became anti-abortion.

 

Can't Republicans just run in their own effed-up Party and stay the hell out of the DFL primary process?

Brian Kruschke
Brian Kruschke

"He's sick" ...for showing the results of other peoples "choices?" You people are cracked.

DBCooper
DBCooper

Gary Bosclair himself is the best argument for abortion being legal in this country.

Jaci Ott
Jaci Ott

He found a loophole to spout religous propaganda, He has another add where he shows a decapatated person . He's sick.

Papa John Kolstad
Papa John Kolstad

Some one told me last night that this guy is from West Virginia. Maybe he wants to take our Mountain tops too. This smells like Big Money going after Ellison. The 5 Dist should send this Right Wing Coal company plant back to WV. If someone ran against Ellison from the Left, no one would every hear about it, because they would not have this kind of obscene, dirty money.

Jeremy Davis
Jeremy Davis

the bottom line is people need to pay attention to what goes on in the world alot more if they did we wouldnt have to vote for obama or romney and the goverment wouldnt be stealing our $ but nobody gives a fuck anymore so it is what it is fucked!

Nick Glover
Nick Glover

When are dead fetuses *not* a laughing matter?

Hilary Lane
Hilary Lane

Anyone can run these days--seems the more outlandish, the more popular. Nothing is out of bounds, apparently.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

"the criminal syndicate planned parenthood" - Gary Boisclair is an idiot. F'n Gary.

Dee Austin
Dee Austin

And MN is a fairly Liberal state.

Corinne Weyer
Corinne Weyer

Look up Randall Terry as well. Clearly these are sane men...

Nick DeSantis
Nick DeSantis

Good Lord ! I guess there are no boundaries in political ads.

Jeanie Ranft
Jeanie Ranft

This is disgraceful and insane! Why would we want this man to represent MN?

Dee Austin
Dee Austin

I keep hearing about this! PLEASE, my beloved Minnesota, DO NOT vote for this man!

Corinne Weyer
Corinne Weyer

Fucking disgusting scare tactic using biological waste. Yuck!

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