Dave Wilson, a conservative white Republican, won his campaign to become a board member for the Houston Community College System. So, how did an anti-gay, white conservative win an election in an area predominantly dominated by African Americans who mostly vote for Democrats?
Did he bring great ideas that resonated with the community? No. Did he go door to door and personally reach out to voters? No.
Remember, board elections aren’t what we’re used to with the traditional elections the majority of Americans know about. In these kinds of elections it’s not uncommon for voters to have no idea what the candidate looks like. There aren’t nationally (or even locally) televised debates or campaign ads.
So how did Mr. Wilson accomplish this?
One of his “strategies” was sending out direct mail fliers with images of African Americans he admittedly pulled from the internet with the caption, “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.”
Another thing this guy did was send out a mailer saying he was endorsed by Ron Wilson. Who’s Ron Wilson? He’s a former African American state representative.
There’s just one problem — Dave Wilson was referring to his cousin Ron Wilson, not the African American former state representative.
Wilson, trying not to laugh, said, “He’s a nice cousin. We played baseball in high school together. And he’s endorsed me.”
Basically he used almost the same strategy as Eddie Murphy’s character in the 90’s comedy The Distinguished Gentleman.
While it’s on voters to be more informed about who it is they’re voting for, this was a clear and blatant attempt to fool voters into making them believe he was someone he wasn’t. It’s one thing to mislead people on your policies and political beliefs, it’s quite another to willfully launch a campaign of deception in an effort to fool people.
My issue isn’t even that David Wilson won his campaign, but it’s the fact that he clearly meant to deceive voters in some kind of stunt that he even admits he didn’t think would work. It’s a complete mockery of our entire voting process.
So after his ridiculous stunt, a college system that’s already been plagued with issues recently now has a man in Dave Wilson as a member of their board.
A man who ran for office with no intention of winning, who purposefully deceived voters by misrepresenting his race, in what equates to nothing more than a disgusting political stunt.