The political ads of little-known congressional candidate are putting people off their dinner now that graphic images of abortion are appearing on air -- but Gary Boisclair said he has no plans to serve up anything less.
Boisclair's candidacy isn't known to many, but he's challenging Rep. Keith Ellison as a Democrat in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District and that means the federal rules require television stations, including FOX 9 News and sister station My29, must air his ads.
"Government is set up to protect life," Boisclair said. "That's the opposite of what Mr. Ellison is doing."
Some of the images are so disturbing, FOX 9 News cannot air them during newscasts; however, they can't be stopped from airing in their entirety during commercial breaks.
The current West Virginia resident does not deny the content of the ads are ugly.
"Who would do this?" the ad asks. "Who would kill an unborn baby?"
Though Boisclair insists he is a legitimate candidate, but he admits that the ads are part of an organized movement that seeks to bring the abortion fight to homes nationwide.
"I'm a full-time missionary for the pro-life cause," Boisclair told FOX 9 News.
He admits being a member of a national anti-abortion crusade that has drafted pro-life candidates across the country. All are using similar advertising techniques while doing very little campaigning otherwise.
"I am proud of these ads," he said. "Not because I'm happy about these ugly pictures -- ugly is ugly, but these pictures must be shown to move society forward."
In that capacity, he will bring graphic, anti-abortion ads to television airwaves across the Twin Cities for the next week.
"My time is so short," he said. "Moneys are so scarce. I need to hit the most difficult issue."
FOX 9 is running the ads with warnings both before and after, but viewers were quick to take to Facebook and voice their displeasure after the first ad appeared on Tuesday. Viewers can also direct their comments to Gary Boisclair for Congress at 202-531-7547 or e-mail info@GaryInTheHouse.com.
Ellison's campaign released a statement about the ads to FOX 9 News. It read in part:
"Mr. Boisclair's television ads are clearly designed to divide Minnesotans and spread fear. Representative Ellison is a proud advocate for inclusion, dialogue and a woman's right to access comprehensive reproductive health care."