Candidate for Houston Community Board proves that race is the most important issue to black voters.
Despite being denounced as a “right-wing hatemonger” by his incumbent opponent, a conservative white Republican candidate won an election in a mostly black Houston district. He did this by leading black voters to think that he was a black man himself.
Dave Wilson, a white Republican, had little chance of winning over his mostly African-American district in Houston for a seat on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees. Using an unusual marketing strategy, however, Wilson managed to displace the incumbent of 24 years, Bruce Austin.Wilson carefully honed his campaign advertisements to make it appear that he was black.Texas news channel KHOU reported that Wilson decorated direct mail pieces with pictures of African-American faces that he pulled from the Internet. He captioned his fliers with the words “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.”Wilson’s mailers also told voters that he was “Endorsed by Ron Wilson.” This was, indeed, correct, but the Ron Wilson in question was not the one most voters would think of. Ron Wilson is an African-American former statesman — and also the name of Dave Wilson’s brother.The fine print doesn’t hide that fact, stating below the caption that “Ron Wilson and Dave Wilson are cousins.”“He’s a nice cousin,” Wilson said. “We played baseball in high school together. And he’s endorsed me.”
The first youtube video is the audio of Wilson’s radio commercial.