Tricking Texas: White Republican pretends he’s black – to win election — RT USA

Dave Wilson, an anti-gay activist and Republican, later joked about facing incredible odds in a district which was predominantly black and Democrat. \”Id always said it was a long shot,\” he told Texas’s K Houston TV channel. “No, I didn’t expect to win.” But he chose to run nonetheless, alluding to how fed up he was with “all the shenanigans” at the Houston Community College System.Wilson’s deliberately misleading strategy secured a victory by a narrow 26 votes, with some believing that the ruse played a decisive role. He plastered his campaign leaflets with smiling African-American faces and the inscription: “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson” – a tactic that his opponents labeled as “disgusting.”Wilson justified his deception, telling KHOU.com: “Every time a politician talks, he’s out there deceiving voters.”Wilson’s victory was one of the biggest shocks in Houston politics this election season, as he beat Bruce Austin, who had held the Board seat for 24 years.Another tactic employed by Wilson was to employ another, fictional Wilson on his campaign literature: “Endorsed by Ron Wilson.” The trick was apparently meant to rein in the support of Houston’s longtime African-American voters by acting on the assumption that some other prominent black candidate was backing him. But below those words on the leaflet it said: “Ron Wilson and Dave Wilson are cousins.” However, Ron Wilson is not a Houston politician, but simply Wilson’s cousin Ron, who lives in Iowa. After the election, Dave Wilson joked about how Ron “is a nice cousin… we played baseball in high school together. And he’s endorsed me.”

 

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