Winning local candidate Dave Wilson denies claims he tricked voters into thinking he was black
Dave Wilson, who KHOU 11 News describes as "a gleeful political troublemaker," recently won a seat on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees by tricking voters in his overwhelmingly African American district into thinking he was black.
Wilson, a conservative Republican, "anti-gay activist," and former fringe candidate for mayor, is not black. But by peppering his campaign materials with pictures of African Americans he nabbed from the internet — and refraining from including his own picture in any of his material — Wilson likely tricked enough voters to make a difference in his razor-thin 26-vote victory.
Wilson also included an endorsement from his cousin, Ron Wilson, next to a picture of an African American man. KHOU 11 News reports that voters likely thought the Ron Wilson in question was a former African American state senator by the same name — not Wilson's cousin.
"He's a nice cousin," Wilson told KHOU 11 while holding back laughter. "We played baseball in high school together. And he's endorsed me."