Politician wins election by pretending to be black
A white candidate who tricked voters into believing he was black to win a local election is unapologetic about his deception.
“Every time a politician talks, he’s out there deceiving voters,” Dave Wilson, a conservative white Republican who ran for office in Houston, Texas, told K Houston.
Wilson, whose tactics were labeled “disgusting” by opponents, sent out fliers to his overwhelmingly black Democrat constituency strongly implying he was black.
The fliers had photos of smiling African-Americans and were captioned “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.”
One of the fliers referred to an endorsement from Ron Wilson, a name local voters were likely to associate with a former Houston state representative who is also black. In fact the endorsement came from Wilson’s cousin who lives in Iowa and shares the politician’s name.
The tactic worked and Wilson won the election to the Houston Community College System board.
Bruce Austin, the longtime Democrat incumbent pushed out by Wilson, said: “I don’t think it’s good for both democracy and the whole concept of fair play. But that was not his intent, apparently.”