White Republican wins election by convincing voters he’s black

posted at 3:31 pm on November 10, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

I’m not sure if we’re meant to be horrified by this story or if it’s just the greatest prank in the history of modern politics. The events in question took place in the race for a seat on the Houston Community College System Board of Trustees. (I know, right? How did the national media miss that one?) In a voting district which is listed as being “overwhelmingly” black Democrats by demographic breakdown, white Republican -and self described “troublemaker” – Dave Wilson clearly didn’t stand much of a chance, so he needed to come up with a new strategy. And he did… he went out on a lark and determined that he would just convince the voters that he was black.

Now if you’d asked me, as a political consultant, how to pull this off, I’d have probably just quit. But Dave came up with a plan and he did it on the cheap.

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.

“He’s a nice cousin,” Wilson says, suppressing a laugh. “We played baseball in high school together. And he’s endorsed me.”

Wilson won by only 26 votes and his long time incumbent opponent is asking for a recount, but given their electronic voting system it looks like the results will stand and Dave will hold the seat for six years. But there may be more to this upset than just trickery. I first saw the story covered by Doug over at Outside the Beltway, and he raises a good question.

Given that Austin is a long-serving incumbent it’s probable that there was more to the outcome of this election than just these mailers, but the fact that this guy was consciously trying to deceive voters into thinking he’ black certainly puts a new spin on the politics of the South.

The local coverage goes on to note that the board was already facing trouble because of, “insider business deals and spending money on overseas initiatives.” So with that in mind, maybe the seat was already more competitive than the incumbent thought it would be, and he was just assuming he’d win without trying. Of course, the trickery on display will have people crying foul, but that brings us back to the age old question of personal responsibility and accountability. If your main criteria for who you’ll vote for in the trustee race is the color of the candidate’s skin, don’t you have some sort of responsibility to open up a web browser – or even just go outside and open your eyes – and figure out whether the guy you’re voting for is white or black? I mean, I’m Googling this from the other side of the country and getting hits on Dave Wilson going back a fair bit… including pictures.

The fact that the guy is white doesn’t seem to be some sort of national secret. And if you can’t be bothered to research the candidates you vote for even to the “skin deep” level (pun intended), then didn’t you get the winner you deserve?


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publius75 on November 10, 2013 at 9:37 PM

You make a good point, however, we’ll never really know, then, whether or not he would have won if they knew he was white.

Let’s just say, it didn’t hurt him for them to think he was not, ok?

Cleombrotus on November 10, 2013 at 9:42 PM

What he did was wrong. But I love how he made Black Racists look like the fools they are.

WannabeAnglican on November 10, 2013 at 9:45 PM

I cannot express how happy this makes me.

Panther on November 10, 2013 at 9:53 PM

To make the claim that Wilson would not have won if it were not for the voters belief that he were Black, would be making the implication that the voters in HCC District 2 were racist. That’s not what you’re claiming, is it?

redhead on November 10, 2013 at 9:58 PM

I love this Dave Wilson. We should strive to be as wily.

thuja on November 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM

This is how things work in an “anti-racist” nation that’s actually anti-white.

David Blue on November 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM

White Republican wins election by convincing voters he’s black

This takes the phrase low information voter to an even lower level.

rukiddingme on November 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM

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

I have to wonder how many voters voted for Dave Wilson thinking they were actually were voting for the former state representative Ron Wilson. Just the fact that his guy had the same last name as the former state representative gave him an advantage among the low information voters. The fact that he had a cousin also named Ron Wilson and he touted his endorsement makes it even funnier. I’m sure they will all remember this when his term is up in 6 years, haha.

Dollayo on November 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM

racists…

Karmashock on November 11, 2013 at 3:58 AM

Still more honest than 0bama.

Slowburn on November 11, 2013 at 4:05 AM

Uh guys… If they believed that both candidate were black then how can anyone seriously make the claim that they were voting based on skin color? The article glosses over the fact that the status quo was involved in several scandals, so the constituents may have been ready for a change.

publius75 on November 10, 2013 at 9:37 PM

I read some where that a couple of political scientists said the flyers made little difference in the outcome.

Blake on November 11, 2013 at 5:05 AM

Uh guys… If they believed that both candidate were black then how can anyone seriously make the claim that they were voting based on skin color? The article glosses over the fact that the status quo was involved in several scandals, so the constituents may have been ready for a change.

publius75 on November 10, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Change to another black . . .
The margin of victory is 26 votes out of how many cast?
The incumbent had been in office two decades and is the one howling about deception.
The flyers sure as heck helped; played into the racism of the voters. The area it encompasses is heavily black and quite ghetto.

Had this guy put a picture of his face he would have picked up 5-10 votes max.

This is delicious!

Bubba Redneck on November 11, 2013 at 6:16 AM

Being a home owner in Sheila Jackson Lee’s district, all I can say is, “Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!”

Wino on November 11, 2013 at 8:03 AM

I LOVE this!!

It reveals the bigotry of The Left while celebrating the Truly Oppressed in our Society.

williamg on November 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

You gotta love good ole American ingenuity. People voting for or against people based on race, no matter what race, is what got us in the mess we are in now with a domestic terrorist in office.

harvey1 on November 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

“If your main criteria for who you’ll vote for in the trustee race is the color of the candidate’s skin”

Then you’re a racist pig, and a worthless human being. KKK member or not, anyone who votes that way deserves nothing but contempt.

If such voters got fooled, this is a good thing.

Greg Q on November 11, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Between Low Information voters and Lefty, Single Women, we need to address the true elephant in the room: Democracy should not be left in the hands of just any retarded idiot who was born here.

Consider: If only “White, Male, Catholic, of Irish descent” were allowed to vote, you would only have candidates who pander to white, male, Catholic Irish concerns and values.

So if you allow tree-stump stupid, drug-addled, TV-absorbed morons to vote, guess what kind of swine candidates you will see running for public office?

The vote should not be a right. It should be earned.

thejackal on November 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM

And if you can’t be bothered to research the candidates you vote for even to the “skin deep” level (pun intended), then didn’t you get the winner you deserve?

Yes, Ed. And if you can’t be bothered to research the candidate you vote for beyond the “skin deep” level, you get a lying, Marxist, Socialist, Fascist Tyrant.

Freelancer on November 11, 2013 at 11:52 PM

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