Dave Wilson, a long time fringe candidate in Houston known to voters since the 1995 mayor’s race, recently won a seat on the Houston Community College board. Wilson, squeaked out 26 vote margin of victory over the incumbent Bruce Austin. What is notable is not the victory, but the way that Wilson won — disguising his race on campaign fliers and implying that he was black.
Via The Daily Mail:
‘I’d always said it was a long shot. I didn’t expect to win,’ the former fringe candidate told KHOU.
His flyers, designed using pictures he had found on the internet, also claimed he had been endorsed by Ron Wilson for the Houston community college seat.
Many in the area could have been led to believe the endorsement was from the former African-American state representative but the small print stated the Ron Wilson in question was the candidate’s cousin.
‘He’s a nice cousin,’ Mr Wilson told KHOU as he held back a laugh. ‘We played baseball in high school together. And he’s endorsed me.’
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’.
Mr Austin said he intends to call for a recount but analysts believe Mr Wilson’s victory will be upheld, putting him in office for six years.
This guy is obviously a total douchcanoe, there is no denying that. However, even worse then the deceit orchestrated by Wilson, this story clearly demonstrates that the biggest problem in our country is low-informed voters who don’t take the time to do their research on who they are voting for.