White candidate for local office in Houston wins election by convincing voters he’s black

Picard facepalm

Yeah – what Captain Picard said.

Wow. Just when you thought you’d seen it all:

HOUSTON — Dave Wilson chuckles as he talks about his unorthodox political campaign.

“I’d always said it was a long shot,” Wilson says. “No, I didn’t expect to win.”

Still, he figured he’d have fun running, because he was fed up with what he called “all the shenanigans” at the Houston Community College System. As a conservative white Republican running in a district whose voters are overwhelmingly black Democrats, the odds seemed overwhelmingly against him.

Then he came up with an idea, an advertising strategy that his opponent found “disgusting.” If a white guy didn’t have a chance in a mostly African-American district, Wilson would lead voters to think he’s black.

And it apparently worked. In one of the biggest political upsets in Houston politics this election season, Wilson — an anti-gay activist and former fringe candidate for mayor — emerged as the surprise winner over 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin. His razor thin margin of victory, only 26 votes, was almost certainly influenced by his racially tinged campaign.

“Every time a politician talks, he’s out there deceiving voters,” he says.

Wilson, a gleeful political troublemaker, printed direct mail pieces strongly implying that he’s black. His fliers were decorated with photographs of smiling African-American faces — which he readily admits he just lifted off websites — and captioned with the words “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.”

I’m not sure which was worse: That a guy knowingly went into an election with a plan to deceive voters into thinking he’s someone he’s not – or that voters apparently fell for it.

But enough about Barack Obama …

10 thoughts on “White candidate for local office in Houston wins election by convincing voters he’s black

  1. The last line made me laugh. :D

    Stupidity isn’t a crime or immoral, and the voters were just stupid if skin color was all they based their votes on. Shame on them, and may their humiliation be a lesson to them.

    Wilson, however, is immoral for being grossly deceptive. Yes, I know “all politicians lie,” but this really is of the same family as “If you like your insurance…” If Houston has a recall provision, I’d say this is a good case to employ it.

  2. If you’re going to vote on a candidate based on perceived skin color, you get what you deserve. :)

  3. Yeah, I know that this is pretty deceptive, but you do have to laugh at it a bit. He used the voting base’s ignorance and apparent racism against them. So the message resonated with the voters because he implied that he was Black. I’m an American of African descent by the way (not that it matters).

  4. I’m not excited about his shenanigans, but the voters need to assume their share of “credit”for not bothering to study the candidate.

    And yes, the last line is a winner!!

  5. The 1992 film “The Distinguished Gentleman” had the character played by Eddie Murphy get elected because the voters thought they were re-electing the incumbent, who was deceased and had the same name.

  6. If this were tried in a civil court, I would have to wonder if a judge/jury would split the damages between the guy who got elected and the voters who voted for him assuming he was “like them.”

    Dennis (above) is correct: how much is the uninformed voter responsible? And once one answers THAT question, how much is the uninformed voter who assumed that what the media was or wasn’t telling us about Barry responsible for the piece of crap known as the (un)Affordable Care Act? Or all the unconstitutional “Executive Orders?” Or the Benghazi murders? Or any of dozens of other usurpations?

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