He's a candidate most Minnesotans probably haven't heard of -- and he doesn't even live here, but his graphic ads about abortion are sure to catch attention in the weeks up to the election.
Gary Boisclair grew up in Minnesota, living in both Minneapolis and Buffalo. Now, he lives in West Virginia and works for the staunchly pro-life group The Society for Truth and Justice.He calls himself a lobbyist and a missionary -- and also a Democratic candidate challenging Keith Ellison in the primary on Aug. 14.
"I intend to beat Representative Keith Ellison," Boisclair said during his campaign announcement, -- but in reality, he knows he doesn't really have a shot.
Boisclair claims he is a Democrat because he "stands up for the little guy," but his campaign is really about one issue.
"Mr. Ellison consistently votes for the murder of the smallest person, and that's the unborn baby," Boisclair said in a phone interview with FOX 9 News.
Speaking from his home on the East Coast, Boisclair did not hold back his opinions on Ellison's pro-choice stance -- or Ellison's religion.
"Do you really want someone representing you who swears an oath on a Koran?" he asked.
For three days in the coming week, three ads will air on FOX 9 during time slots purchased by the Boisclair campaign -- one of which shoes repeated, graphic images of abortion.
"Who would do this? Who would kill an unborn baby? Congressman Keith Ellison, for one," the ad claims.
FOX 9 News blurred the graphic images for this story, but they will run in their entirety next week because the station is required to air them. General Manager Carol Rueppel explained that is due to federally-mandated rules about political advertising -- and Boisclair knows it.
"In the 1940s, it would have been more than appropriate to show images of what was happening in Auschwitz," he said. "I will not be silenced in the face of massive crimes against the most vulnerable."
The Ellison campaign is already responding to the television ads, saying they are clearly designed to divide Minnesotans and spread fear. Given that his official residence is still listed in West Virginia, the Ellison camp says it's not surprising that Boisclair's views are out of touch with Minnesota values.
There is no legal requirement for Boisclair to live in Minnesota in order to run for Congress -- but he must live in the state by Election Day if he expects to win and hold the position. Boisclair says if a win seems likely, he'll move back.
If you have any concerns about the ads Boisclair plans to run and want to contact him, you can do so online here.