Texas Homophobe Wins Election... by PRETENDING to Be Black?

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    Nov 11, 2013 6:20 PM GMT
    Everything's bigger in Texas. Even the deceit! icon_razz.gif

    So, how does this dude...

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    Win an election for a community college district seat, in a district with a majority-black electorate, unseating the black guy who's held that seat for a quarter-century? Well...

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    Report: Candidate wins by pretending to be black

    http://blogs.ajc.com/news-to-me/2013/11/11/report-candidate-elected-by-pretending-to-be-black/

    Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionA white, conservative Texas politician tired of “all the shenanigans” won an election in a majority-black district by pretending to be black, according to news reports.

    Houston television station KHOU interviewed Dave Wilson about his unorthodox strategy.

    “Nobody was more shocked than me,” said Wilson, who admitted his campaign literature features pictures of black “supporters” he simply lifted from the Internet.


    "Hmmm... let's see... Google... smiling professional black people... happy guy with Obama shirt holding woman..."

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    Atlanta Journal-Constitution“Every time a politician talks, he’s out there deceiving voters,” said Wilson, a “gleeful political troublemaker” and one-time fringe candidate for Houston mayor.

    Wilson was elected to the Houston Community College System board by the narrowest of margins — 26 votes.

    He defeated 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin, who said he was “rather disgusted” by Wilson’s tactics. “I don’t think it’s good for both democracy and the whole concept of fair play. But that was not his intent, apparently,” said Austin.

    “This is one of the few times a white guy has pretended to be black guy and fooled black people,” said Austin in an OpposingViews.com article.


    Last one that got me was Rick Astley. Look, Houston, you've been RickRolled, too! icon_razz.gif

    Mr. Austin, the only actual relevant person pictured in Wilson's flyers, is the portly gentleman on the homophobic "attack ad" on the right ("Unmarried! Unsure! Unelectable!")... the one that "accuses" him, if you will, of "seeking the support of the Homosexual and Lesbian Community." Wilson's Skeletor mug doesn't appear on there, either.

    Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionWilson, who called Austin’s remarks racist, has a history of using the mail to get attention.


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    "Paid for by Dave Wilson"

    Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionIn 2009, he tried unsuccessfully to scuttle the campaign of Houston mayoral candidate Annise Parker by mailing a flier to 35,000 voters featuring a picture of Parker standing by her same-sex partner with the caption “Is this the image Houston wants to portray?”


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    (Note the "P.S."...)

    Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionAt the time, Wilson said Parker should not be mayor because “homosexual behavior leads to extinction.”


    Look again at his "attack ad" flyer on the right side of the top pic (all that, for an election to a COMMUNITY COLLEGE POST!), and you'll see Dave hasn't mellowed one bit.

    So, I hear you asking, "Well it says on the flyer he got an endorsement from Ron Wilson, a popular Black politician from there? Shouldn't that count for something?" Well, hee hee, that's what it means... but that's not what it says. (Below the endorsement: "Ron Wilson and Dave Wilson are cousins." Oh, really? Tell me more, Dave...)

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    Yahoo! (not Dave Wilson the yahoo, just the website Yahoo!)In another flier, the text said he had been endorsed by Ron Wilson, a popular black former state representative. But the Ron Wilson who endorsed him was Dave's cousin Ron, not the ex-lawmaker.

    "He's a nice cousin," Wilson told the network, chuckling. "We played baseball in high school together."

    Nevermind his cousin lives in Bloomfield, Iowa, about 940 miles from Houston.


    So when do we officially change the nickname to the Longnose State? icon_twisted.gif
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    Nov 11, 2013 6:22 PM GMT
    Jaggal saidDoesn't the public do research before they vote? I always google names and read as much as possible...


    My bad, Jaggal, I had to delete the other thread to move it here. I copied your comment above.
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    Nov 11, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
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    Jaggal saidDoesn't the public do research before they vote? I always google names and read as much as possible...


    My bad, Jaggal, I had to delete the other thread to move it here. I copied your comment above.


    A good many shady people are winning elective office wholly on the assumption that people (a) don't bother to show up, (b) don't care about the political offices they're voting for, like "Houston Community College District 2", or (c) don't care enough about the people running or their motives to "do research". For guys like Dave Wilson, this is among the types of ways they get their feet in the door and amass political power.
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    Nov 11, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
    More conservatives would do this if they could get away with it, they love to win and don't really care how they pull it off. This is completely dishonest, but low information voters are to blame. Campaign literature is not how you decide to cast your votes. A couple of mailers in my area last year wrongly identified extreme right-wingers for local offices as part of the Democratic ticket. They had Obama and Dianne Feinstein right at the top of the page, with the right-wingers under them.
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    Nov 11, 2013 6:40 PM GMT
    Mr_Kyle_Barker saidMore conservatives would do this if they could get away with it, they love to win and don't really care how they pull it off. This is completely dishonest, but low information voters are to blame. Campaign literature is not how you decide to cast your votes. A couple of mailers in my area last year wrongly identified extreme right-wingers for local offices as part of the Democratic ticket. They had Obama and Dianne Feinstein right at the top of the page, with the right-wingers under them.


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2495932/Texan-wins-election-misleading-voters-believing-black-using-flyers-showing-African-Americans-supporting-neighbor-Dave-Wilson.html

    Daily Fail (UK)Political scientists have said it is unlikely that Mr Wilson's flyers would have had much impact on his campaign, but the Democrat he unseated was not impressed.

    'I don't think it's good for both democracy and the whole concept of fair play. But that was not his intent, apparently,' Mr Austin said.

    He tried to counter the campaign by releasing flyers showing Mr Wilson and labeling him a 'right-wing hate-monger'.


    Now, I'm no poli-sci wonk, but I'm inclined to agree with you, Kyle, especially when a guy wins by such a slim margin in a Red State election. Low-info voters duped by intentional deceit win elections for homophobic right-wingers, especially when anti-LGBT rhetoric by itself isn't enough anymore to get elected to dogcatcher.

    Related: very first bullet on that "Hey! Vote for the Probably Black Guy!" door-hanger up top... "Dave Wilson is the founder of Houstonians for Family Values... Christians' Values, i.e., Traditional Marriage between one man and one woman..." If that was hanging from my door, particularly for a community college seat, I know I would be like, icon_confused.gif

    Also telling, is Austin put Wilson's face on his counter-attack flyers, but apparently not enough people in the area, umm, "got the picture." Austin probably should have gone to the local alternative media to get the word out faster, rather than hoping people would read his flyers and get the point.
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    Nov 12, 2013 12:02 AM GMT
    This highlights how racist the Black community can be. They voted for someone simply because they thought he was Black? That's just shameful.
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    Nov 12, 2013 12:45 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThis highlights how racist the Black community can be. They voted for someone simply because they thought he was Black? That's just shameful.


    The voters should be grateful for this valuable lesson. Don't vote image. Vote on policy.

    Or did he also misrepresent his policies?
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    Nov 12, 2013 12:48 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThis highlights how racist the Black community can be. They voted for someone simply because they thought he was Black? That's just shameful.


    They did that with Obama (twice).
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    Nov 12, 2013 3:55 AM GMT
    And to be fair (for a half-second) to the Black voters, the opponent was Black as well. White people get elected by Black voters all the time, especially if that candidate runs a sensible, thorough campaign... and especially when the opponent, even if Black, is a joke.

    BUT, the fact that "Brother Dave" spent more energy and money on slickness than the incumbent should not have obscured to any voter in that district that this guy was a homophobic whacko. By everything we've seen, all the hints are in his "Our Children's Future" materials. The red flag wasn't in his skin color, it should have been plain-as-day to anyone viewing the statements he chose to run on.

    PLUS, if I recall correctly, he ran under his name as a white guy (third-party candidate, but still) for Mayor before! So it's not like he just got up off his couch to try and pull a fast one. These may have been low-information voters, but there was plenty of information for them to figure it out and pass the word along.

    So no, not exemplary of being racist. But decidedly shamefully homophobic at times, enough to at least pretend to be ignorant at times like this.

    The actual racist here, "Brother Dave," preyed on that Black community's hyper-Christian-tinged "Family Values" sensibilities to give himself the edge, knowing that in most urban predominantly-White communities, with that platform and that creepster countenance, he'd have been laughed out of town. As he has in the past.
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    Nov 12, 2013 3:57 AM GMT
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    Scruffypup saidThis highlights how racist the Black community can be. They voted for someone simply because they thought he was Black? That's just shameful.


    The voters should be grateful for this valuable lesson. Don't vote image. Vote on policy.

    Or did he also misrepresent his policies?


    They'll have SIX YEARS to find out if he did! icon_twisted.gif