White Candidate Pretends To Be Black To Win Election And It Works
When you're trying to win a seat on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees, you'll try just about anything to get elected -- even pretend you're a different race!
That's exactly what Dave Wilson did, and it worked. Wilson is white and a conservative, Republican and the district he was running in is predominantly black.
He was running against a guy named Bruce Austin, who is black and has had the job for 24 years.
So Dave sent out fliers with photos of black people on it but with no picture of him included on the flyer. The quote on the flyer read, "Please vote for our friend and neighbor."
He also sent out a mailing with an endorsement from a Ron Wilson. He wanted people to think he was being endorsed by a popular former state representative of the same name who just happens to be black. Turns out, this Ron Wilson is Dave Wilson's cousin in Iowa!
All this plotting worked as Dave Wilson won by a whopping 26 votes and now gets a six-year term. When called out about his questionable campaigning, Wilson replied, "Every time a politician talks, he's out there deceiving voters."