Report: Candidate wins by pretending to be black

Dave Wilson's campaign literature is like a "Where's Waldo" no one ever wins. (Image from KHOU.com)

Dave Wilson's campaign literature is like a "Where's Waldo?" no one ever wins. (Image from KHOU.com)

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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Whirled Peas

November 11th, 2013
9:02 am

There is no racist like a black racist.

joe

November 11th, 2013
9:42 am

Just goes to show how uneducated the uneducated voters are in today’s society. All they had to do was conduct a little research and they would have known he was white. We see this type of voting in Atlanta and other major cities all the time. The residents don’t care what the policies are, nor what qualifications the candidates have…all they care about is the color of the candidates skin and whether or not they will keep the welfare check coming each month. Pathetic most of them are.

If someone needs govt assistance as a temporary measure to get off the welfare dole, then that is great…but if you make you way of life solely on welfare, you are a piece of dung.

TheATLMac

November 11th, 2013
9:47 am

That’s the danger of being a low information voter. You might just end up voting for the candidate who pretends rather than the candidate who speaks the truth.

AtlSteve

November 11th, 2013
9:54 am

I see the same behavior out of people who go into a voting booth and vote straight party line.

Voters don’t like to put in the time and effort to really learn about the people running for office, and some of the politicians running for office are just fine with that.

SBinF

November 11th, 2013
10:08 am

“all they care about is the color of the candidates skin and whether or not they will keep the welfare check coming each month. Pathetic most of them are.”


Keep it up, Joe….you know, because this logic worked so well for Rmoney last year. The irony is that as the president has been elected, and handily reelected, there is still a large swath of the population (who all find a home in the GOP), who believe he is a Kenyan born Muslim socialist. Racism, indeed!

KGray

November 11th, 2013
10:09 am

Whirled Pea, what you don’t seem to understand is that Black people didn’t invent racism, it was thrust upon us and when we say something or call something as racist. Then, you all what to say what racist we are; however, you should look at the ORIGIN before making anymore statments.

destin dawg

November 11th, 2013
10:11 am

Black or white… democrat or republican… we need more conservative… less federal gov’t… more free market capitalism… color blind…. limited fed. gov’t… is what our fore founders fought for… read the Constitution folks !!!!!!

KGray

November 11th, 2013
10:15 am

Joe, not all of us are uneducated and some do our research very well and not all have received nor do we plan to receive welfare checks. However, if you knew your statistics you would know that there are more people who are not of color that are receiving welfare and public assistance. The only difference is there’s isn’t published as much and the media only shows one side. However, as a person who does research for a living and knows data and statistics. I can assure you that your statment isn’t true and most people who are not of color want people to believe your statment and if you would like to challenge me on my data, I would be happy to point you in the direction for you to see for yourself? Have a great day with your incorrect information and that goes for Joe and SBinF.

skipper

November 11th, 2013
10:30 am

See Detroit and other enclaves for models…..

Bill

November 11th, 2013
10:30 am

Indeed, this proves that black people are every bit as racist as any other race of people. Couch your statements however you like, but these voters have just admitted that they never would have voted for this guy had they realized he was white. Shame on those people. They are to be pitied for their repugnant beliefs.

KGray

November 11th, 2013
10:38 am

THE FACT IS, MORE WHITES RECEIVE aid than blacks or Hispanics. Two out of three welfare recipients are children, not adults. And contrary to the stereotype of families forever dependent, nearly three out of four women receiving aid get off welfare within two years.

“The white women are invisible,” says Nancy Lyman-Shaver, a former welfare mother who now runs a criminal-justice program for ARISE, a social welfare organization in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“They are the daughters and nieces of middle-class, suburban families who end up on welfare because of a divorce or an abusive partner.

“Every family I know has someone receiving AFDC, but no one likes to talk about it.”

KGray

November 11th, 2013
10:42 am

Joe and skipper, here are the fact that you have stated; however, these are the true facts. I’m sure most want or don’t want to believe the facts; however data and stats don’t lie.THE FACT IS, MORE WHITES RECEIVE aid than blacks or Hispanics. Two out of three welfare recipients are children, not adults. And contrary to the stereotype of families forever dependent, nearly three out of four women receiving aid get off welfare within two years.

“The white women are invisible,” says Nancy Lyman-Shaver, a former welfare mother who now runs a criminal-justice program for ARISE, a social welfare organization in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“They are the daughters and nieces of middle-class, suburban families who end up on welfare because of a divorce or an abusive partner.

“Every family I know has someone receiving AFDC, but no one likes to talk about it.”

Maude

November 11th, 2013
10:47 am

I know this can happen. Most blacks votes by the color of the person instead of what they say.

The Geezer

November 11th, 2013
11:27 am

Regardless of skin color, a racist is a racist – and none are better than the other.

Can’t stand any of them. They are all pathetic little people.

AnotherMathTeacher

November 11th, 2013
11:31 am

KGray: “However, if you knew your statistics you would know that there are more people who are not of color that are receiving welfare and public assistance. ”

Please link statistics. Keep in mind:

1) Per capita is what counts. (If 90% of the population pays 90% of the benefit and receives 51% of the benefit, while 10% of the population pays 10% of the benefit and claims 49% of the benefit – only a simpleton would say that the 90% are receiving the most.)
2) Official government sites only. No citing spin doctors. Actual statistics. (If it doesn’t end in .gov, it most likely does not count. I am sure you already have these sites bookmarked, since you do research for a living.)
3) Social Security for a retiree is not welfare.

joe

November 11th, 2013
11:38 am

@Kgray–go back and re-read my earlier post. If you do so, you will realize that nowhere in there did I say anything about any voter being “black” or “white” or “hispanic” or “asian” or “mixed” or “polkadot” or “striped” or “translucent.”

The 2 points I had was 1. Do your research and 2. if you are on welfare as a way of life, you are dung.

Tell me what is racist about either of those statements? You might wanna think before you start mouthing off and calling me a racist. BTW, I’m not a member of any party, so take your GOP’/racist insults and sit on them. Have a blessed day!

Bernie31

November 11th, 2013
12:07 pm

He is NOT the First…nor will he Be the Last. There are far more Politicians ALL across America Who are Black and have been elected while Pretending to be White. For these Black candidates espouse the issues that are more of an interest and concerns to their White constituents than their Black ones. It happens all the time and everyday! Even in the Work place all over America.

Just ask Kasim Reed of Atlanta. who was just re-elected as Mayor for a second term. Elected By a far more different group of Voters that those who originally supported his First Term. As Kasim now will pivot to make his Gubernatorial Run for Governor as the First African American in a State that has been historically against anything African, except for Slavery!

An economic engine many of its Citizens would Love to see returned again! Kasim will have to appear More WHITE than ever, to get Johnny Reb’s Vote.

A VOTE which ” Ain’t Gonna Happen” even if they are paid in Confederate Dollars!

However, when one actually LQQKS at Kasim Reed you will all see, that will be a GARGANTUAN FEAT of Impossibility! LOL! rofl!

African Americans are the Real Professionals and Experts when it comes to Pretending to BE what they are NOT, wHITE.

The First Black Pretenders of this kind arrived on America’s Shores on “The GOOD SHIP JESUS”

They were first spotted while leaving the Ship in chains being SHACKLED around their Necks,Ankles and Wrists. When one of them approached the waiting Master on Shore. Saying “What a FINE DAY, We have here SUH!” and then Gave the Biggest Broad and TOOTHY GRIN you would ever see!

The Master was shocked beyond all belief of those words and what his EYES beheld. The awaiting Master turned in astonishment and looked at his Neighbor and they Both Burst into furious LOUD Laughter. Saying “This One is Different! He is not Like all of the others….He is much Smarter.

We can “USE” HIM!”

There are other well known Black Pretenders in America even pretending to be WHITE.

Like Condi Rice,Colin Powell,Herman Cain,and Ben Carson just to Name a few.

So as you can see there is nothing New here…..except this one is White and there are plenty of them around.

Mayor Kassim Reed

November 11th, 2013
12:16 pm

99% of all Blacks are YELLOW DOG DEMOCRATS. That’s means it doesn’t matter who the candidate is, or what they stand for, they vote for that person because of the D in front of their name on the ballot. Then there are BLUE dog democrats. They are your yellow dogs that once in a BLUE MOON consider voting for a republican, but then don’t. Blacks proved with the election of Obama its OK to judge / vote for someone based on color of skin and NOT on content of their character as none of them knew spit about Obama’s character. The KING dream is dead and the Braves have left Atlanta. Roll D@mn Tide!

irishmafia

November 11th, 2013
12:27 pm

So the black voters simply vote based on race. And we wonder how we got in the mess we are in now?

irishmafia

November 11th, 2013
12:32 pm

@ kgrey —since your GED did not cover math here is a simple fact for you. Blacks represent only 13% of the population in this country, yet as a PERCENT they are way more likley to be in prison, collect wekfare,be on foord stamps, drop out of school, be single moms, and generally pay the least amount of taxes. yes whites collect more welfare, BECAUSE THEY ARE OVER 70% of the people in this country.

Sidney Marcus

November 11th, 2013
12:34 pm

Is anyone shocked? Obama won by pretending to be black.

Reality

November 11th, 2013
12:55 pm

KGray – I am sick and tried of the BS comment “there are more people who are NOT OF COLOR receiving welfare/public assistance”!!! You KGray, if you are informed and know your statistics “that there are approximately 254 Million Whites to 40 Million Blacks (more than 6 to 1). Mathematically, Blacks receive roughly half of all the welfare/public assistance when they only represent 1/6th of the population!!!!

Your comment is simply stupid and very misleading!

Bernie31

November 11th, 2013
1:00 pm

Reality @ 12:55 pm – All who work at the thousands of FoodStamp offices ALL across America know without a Doubt.

Their most Frequent visitor is BECKY and DEM (2) Two Kids! Always begging!

Ben

November 11th, 2013
1:10 pm

Did he he say or imply that he was black, or did he simply let everyone think what they wanted to think, and they assumed he was black, and he let them? Letting morons who won’t do their own research continue to live in ignorance is what all politicians do. Unless he straight out said he was black, there’s no story here.

partlycloudy

November 11th, 2013
1:10 pm

The bigots of the tea party have no shame.

Bob

November 11th, 2013
1:34 pm

The losing candidate thought he got screwed because of this. He was a 24 year incumbent that lost to a no name person thought to be black. If the incumbent was doing a decent job why did the voters go for the guy nobody knew ?

Bob

November 11th, 2013
1:37 pm

partlycloudy “The bigots of the tea party have no shame” ? I thought this was a story about blacks that voted for a guy because they thought he was black. And they are mad because they find out he was not black and did not want to vote for a white guy. Yeah, those tea party people are racist !

Patrick

November 11th, 2013
2:00 pm

There is nothing wrong with this. Barack Hussein Obama did basically the same thing. He is half white but always catered to his black side for votes. It worked for him didn’t it? 92%(last number I saw) of blacks voted for him, and heard many say it was because he was “one of them”. If this guy didn’t say he was black or even imply he was, he did nothing wrong. Just shows how hypocritical and racist blacks can be.

Blair980

November 11th, 2013
2:10 pm

I’m vote for the brother for the same reason y’all cavemen won’t. BTW is it illegal to vote for somebody because the color of his/her skin. White folks for been doing it for years. Stop crying

Fletch

November 11th, 2013
2:11 pm

Nobody every accused stronghold Democratic blocs of being ‘high information voters’ – so while their poverty mounts, schools close, businesses flee – it’s natural that they blame conservatives or corporations for their heartache because that is what they were told to do.

Fletch

November 11th, 2013
2:21 pm

KGray – blacks didn’t invent racism, neither did whites. Racism, sexism – any kind of ism/prejudice is as old as the human race, so please don’t feel like you are the beginning and end of victimization in the world. Any form of prejudice will have 2 sides – let’s take black america for example: yes, you all are profiled based on your race many times, but criminal statistics overwhelmingly support that profile. Don’t want to be profiled? Stop fitting the profile. Don’t want people on this forum to make gaffes about voters in this election? Well, stop voting based solely on skin color. I remember a Howard Stern bit he did a few years ago where he walked around Harlem and cast McCain’s platform as Obama’s in on-the-street interviews – lo and behold, 100% of the interviewers were fervent supporters of McCain’s platform because they didn’t have a clue what Obama actually stood for. Not trying to be a jerk but I don’t vote race – if you do then fine, that is your right. But don’t be upset when people call you on it wen this instance illustrates that it is totally accurate.

Cammi317

November 11th, 2013
2:26 pm

I thought that I read elsewhere that the incumbant was also black. If so, I don’t know what difference Wilson’s color made at all.

Now there are 3

November 11th, 2013
3:45 pm

We all know that posters Bernie31 and partlycloudy are poster children for this particular story. Now we can add KGray into the mix of trolls. The 3 of you should be thankful your comments are anonymous.

Andy

November 11th, 2013
3:57 pm

Bumper

November 11th, 2013
4:06 pm

“…defeated 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin,…”

That suggests to me that a majority of the voters were also fed up with the shenanigans and were more interested in removing Austin than electing Wilson. It happens.

NY2GA

November 11th, 2013
4:15 pm

The point is that a lot of people are misinformed in thinking that blacks (African Americans) are the ones receiving the majority of public assistance when in fact all RACES are.

@ NY2GA

November 11th, 2013
4:31 pm

The FACT is that majority of blacks (African Americans) are the ones abusing the public assistance system while in fact all RACES are not.

NY2GA

November 11th, 2013
4:39 pm

My other comment with the proof is awaiting moderation, you will see the proven data for yourself …

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/who-benefits-from-the-safety-net/?_r=0

NY2GA

November 11th, 2013
4:43 pm

Another finding of the study is that the distribution of benefits no longer aligns with the demography of poverty. African-Americans, who make up 22 percent of the poor, receive 14 percent of government benefits, close to their 12 percent population share.

White non-Hispanics, who make up 42 percent of the poor, receive 69 percent of government benefits – again, much closer to their 64 percent population share

I hope this helps to shed some light on the misinformed.

Chris

November 11th, 2013
5:26 pm

While I don’t think it’s good practice to openly deceive voters, I can understand why he did what he did. Too many voters are ignorant to the issues or the stance of politicians on the issues that matter. Black voters overwhelmingly will vote based on the color of the candidates skin rather than their political views. So Wilson makes race a non-issue (since both candidates were perceived to be black) and wins the election presumably on his stance on the issues. The issues would have been irrelevant if the voters realized he was white. Kind of funny actually.

NY2GA

November 11th, 2013
5:35 pm

My findings are bogus. African-Americans, who make up 42 percent of the poor, receive 69 percent of government benefits, close to their 64 percent population share.

Whites, who make up 12 percent of the poor, receive 12 percent of government benefits – again, much closer to their 64 percent population share

I hope this helps to shed some light on my misinformed, bogus comments.

Obama

November 11th, 2013
5:36 pm

This is how you WIN!

Shamed Falcon Fan

November 11th, 2013
6:06 pm

My new favorite story of 2013. Most of the politicians are deceitful, to be nice about it, and he just played on it. Have you noticed how most billboards with black candidates come with a photo, but the white candidate billboards often don’t? There’s a reason people.

Anyway, the original idea was correct. Be a property owner before voting, or at least be putting in more than you’re taking out. Why should someone who is totally dependent on taxpayer handouts get to vote on how tax money is spent?

Mayor Kasim Reed

November 11th, 2013
6:08 pm

We don’t need no “white” baseball team, we don’t need no “white” hockey team. We need No white sports in Atlanta. We only need the Negro Basketball Association, aka NBA, cause, that’s how we roll. Nuthins betta than watchin 13 bruthas run up and down the kourt. That’s right 13. The 3 refs are bruthas also, or they better be.

Rush Limbaugh

November 11th, 2013
6:38 pm

low information negroes in Houston