‘I didn’t expect to win’

It seemed odd last week when a conservative white Republican named Dave Wilson was elected in an African-American district to the Houston Community College board in Texas. “I’d always said it was a long shot,” Wilson told the local CBS affiliate. “No, I didn’t expect to win.”
 
But he did win, ousting a 24-year incumbent, not because of the strength of his ideas, but because Wilson led local voters to believe he’s black (thanks to my colleague Tricia McKinney for the tip).
Wilson, a gleeful political troublemaker, 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 won by just 26 votes, and his opponent, Bruce Austin intends to contest the election.
 
For his part, Wilson defending his fraud by telling KHOU, “Every time a politician talks, he’s out there deceiving voters.”
 
Remember, this is intended to be a defense.
 

'I didn't expect to win'