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

Posted by: ST on November 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm   


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

http://sistertoldjah.com/archives/2013/11/09/white-candidate-office-houston-wins-election-convincing-voters-hes-black/
« Last Edit: November 10, 2013, 06:11:49 AM by rangerrebew »
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