A white, conservative Texas politician tired of “all the shenanigans” won an election in a majority-black district by pretending to be black, according to news reports.
Houston television station KHOU interviewed Dave Wilson about his unorthodox strategy.
“Nobody was more shocked than me,” said Wilson, who admitted his campaign literature features pictures of black “supporters” he simply lifted from the Internet.
“Every time a politician talks, he’s out there deceiving voters,” said Wilson, a “gleeful political troublemaker” and one-time fringe candidate for Houston mayor.
Wilson was elected to the Houston Community College System board by the narrowest of margins — 26 votes.
He defeated 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin, who said he was “rather disgusted” by Wilson’s tactics. “I don’t think it’s good for both democracy and the whole concept of fair play. But that was not his intent, apparently,” said Austin.
“This is one of the few times a white guy has pretended to be black guy and fooled black people,” said Austin in an OpposingViews.com article.
Wilson, who called Austin’s remarks racist, has a history of using the mail to get attention.
In 2009, he tried unsuccessfully to scuttle the campaign of Houston mayoral candidate Annise Parker by mailing a flier to 35,000 voters featuring a picture of Parker standing by her same-sex partner with the caption “Is this the image Houston wants to portray?”
At the time, Wilson said Parker should not be mayor because “homosexual behavior leads to extinction.”
Political analysts say Wilson’s election should hold up despite the admitted deceit. He’s up for re-election in six years.
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