Well, here’s one way to win an election. A white Texas politician pulled a huge upset by winning in a predominantly black district by leading voters to believe he’s African-American.
Dave Wilson, described as an “anti-gay activist,” beat a 24-year incumbent by running a campaign that suggested he was black.
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.”
One of his mailers said he was “Endorsed by Ron Wilson,” which longtime Houston voters might easily interpret as a statement of support from a former state representative of the same name who’s also African-American. Fine print beneath the headline says “Ron Wilson and Dave Wilson are cousins,” a reference to one of Wilson’s relatives living in Iowa.
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