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A white anti-gay activist won a local election after leading voters to believe he is African American.

Dave Wilson, who unsuccessfully ran for Houston mayor in 2011, narrowly won a seat on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees after pretending to be black in his predominantly African American district, KHOU 11 News reported Friday.

According to KHOU, Wilson 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.

Wilson, who had previously made a name for himself in Houston politics by sending out thousands of mailers attacking an openly gay mayoral candidate, defeated 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin by just 26 votes.

“I’d always said it was a long shot,” Wilson said.

Austin, Wilson’s opponent, called the tactic “disgusting,” and told the Houston Chronicle that he will seek a recount of the extremely close race.

“He never put out to voters that he was white,” Austin said. “The problem is his picture was not in the League of Voters [pamphlet] or anywhere. This is one of the few times a white guy has pretended to be black guy and fooled black people.”

Wilson, however, insists he won the race “fair and square” because voters disapproved of Austin and the HCC board’s actions.

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21 thoughts on “White Man Wins Houston Election by Pretending to be Black

  1. Voting for someone because you “assume” they are black is the same as assuming that all black people thing alike. Haven’t we come to a point where we can make excuses for an uniformed electorate. You can google Dave Wilson and get an image of him or just read this article where they posted his picture….Wait a second! lol! #Hypocritical #Scapegoating #Ignorance

    • If any voter in Houston does not know who Dave Wilson is then they live under a rock. He ran a very publicized race against our Mayor two years ago. Low information voters get what they deserve for pulling the lever without knowledge.

  2. Camella Jenkins on said:

    I agree with Leroy. Sadly the voters duped themselves, but the candidate was a coward for not showing his face, how the heck did he campaign without having any media interviews or is that normal for the people in Houston to just vote without researching who the candidate(s) are? And having voting for the same guy as govenor for the past 12 years makes one question the intelligence of Texans.

    • And voting for Hillary makes me question the intelligence of Dems and women who want her to be President just to make a statement. The woman quit her job as Secretary of State, after she bungled up the Benghazi affairs (murders).

    • They were not uninformed. Mr. Austin had photos of Mr. Wilson on his mailers, I heard. Not only that, if you don’t know who Dave Wilson is in Houston you are not too sharp. He ran against the mayor two years ago, for goodness sake.

  3. Not laughing. on said:

    I hope Wilson does a good job for the people who voted for him. I hope he is honest and that he works hard. That is all we can ask for anyone voted into office.

    Also shame on BAW for pointing out that he is anti-gay. Guess what BAW.. I am anti-gay too. I do not hate gays but I don’t think they should get treated any different from anyone else in this country just because of the perverse acts that they do. If this is how we will start judgeing people. Then we need to start accomedating the S&M folks. The swingers. The Goths. THe punks. And anyone else that decides they want to be different. What a joke.

    • Good post. The term the media uses called anti-gay is in itself a pretend term and a dishonest insult. For example, the entire Muslim religion does not accept homosexuality. Are we going to call every Muslim candidate anti-gay? Imagine how redundant that would be. Not only that, to call somebody anti-gay is just plain dishonest, because the one pointing the finger is assuming that the so-called anti-gay person believes so-called gay people are born that way. Most people I know and know about do not believe they were born that way. Therefore, if one wants to say anti-gay lifestyle, that might be O.K., But to say anti-gay as if Mr. Wilson is against somebody born a particular way assumes that one can read Mr. Wilson’s mind. Lastly, where did those practicing the gay lifestyle ever get the idea that everybody is interested in their personal preferences anyway. That is such a selfish premise to begin with. Me no likey people who focus too much on their own selves.

  4. Kilo Perkins on said:

    The opponent was upset and is calling him out because —- we as black people should only vote for blacks??? Lets put the test to this one. How would we feel about Mr. Wilson if he lost and he came out and said that he only lost because he was white.

    Why do we put up with this racist attitude.We are not african americans. We are Americans. We live here. This is our identity. Just like whites who only identify with America. Whites hold not loyalties to europe just as I hold no loyalties to Africa. America is my home and has been for hundreds of years.

    Stop with the identity politics. It is tearing this country apart.

    • I am with you Kilo. That is a good post. Hope you read some of my other replies here. I live in Houston and have spoken with both candidates. Wilson pays attention to details, more than the Board does, even before he got elected last week.

    • Good point Terrie. Mr. Wilson shows up at those meetings and chastises the Board when they overspend on purchasing land and buildings for the college. He is a good man. I see those meetings on television in Houston and on the internet.

  5. Sexy Leroy on said:

    Proof that we vote based on color! Not one person black or white took the time to research this candidate. To the people of Houston: You got what you deserved!

    • Houston did get what they deserved…Wilson is a good man. I have seen him on television many times as a citizen speaker at those HCC Board meetings. He does his homework when the Board overspends on real estate. He keeps them in line. He will be a great trustee for the college.

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