A white electrician in Houston, known for mailing out homophobic fliers to Houston voters against the city’s lesbian mayor, recently won a seat on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees after misleading voters in his overwhelming African American district into thinking he was black.
Dave Wilson defeated the 24-year incumbent, Bruce Austin, who actually is black, by circulating campaign materials featuring stock images of black people he found on the internet with captions like “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.”
Some fliers faked an endorsement from a former state representative and African American Ron Wilson.
Wilson says the fine print on the materials “Endorsed by Ron Wilson” explains that Rob Wilson is his cousin, who lives in Iowa.
"He's a nice cousin," Wilson told KHOU, while trying not to laugh. "We played baseball in high school together. And he's endorsed me."
Republican Wilson beat Democrat Austin by a margin of only 26 votes.
Wilson previously lost a mayoral election as a fringe candidate. He ran on an anti-gay marriage, anti-civil union platform.
He has no qualms with pretending to be black.
“Every time a politician talks, he’s out there deceiving voters,” he said.
He said he was fed up with the “shenanigans” of the Houston Community College System.
Wilson’s campaign took Austin by surprise. The Democratic incumbent tried to counter the fliers. He called Wilson a "right-wing hate monger" who "advocated bringing back chain gangs to clean highways." But his efforts were unsuccessful.
"I'd always said it was a long shot," Wilson admitted. "No, I didn't expect to win."