Well, that’s one way to win a community college board of trustees election.
Dave Wilson chuckles as he talks about his unorthodox political campaign.
“I’d always said it was a long shot,” Wilson says. “No, I didn’t expect to win.”
Still, he figured he’d have fun running, because he was fed up with what he called “all the shenanigans” at the Houston Community College System. As a conservative white Republican running in a district whose voters are overwhelmingly black Democrats, the odds seemed overwhelmingly against him.
Then he came up with an idea, an advertising strategy that his opponent found “disgusting.” If a white guy didn’t have a chance in a mostly African-American district, Wilson would lead voters to think he’s black.
And it apparently worked.
As even his awesomely infuriated opponent admits, Wilson never actually lied; he just put lots of smiling African-Americans on his flyers and trumpeted the endorsement of his cousin from Ohio (who happens to have the same name as a retired African-American Texas state representative). The Blaze has one of his radio ads, and by God it is a thing of art, in its way: I especially loved the part where they almost admit that Wilson was a white guy, only to be “interrupted.”
The only thing spoiling this story for me is that Dave Wilson is the kind of person who uses the phrase ‘homosexual agenda’ in a non-ironical way, which ironically means that if I actually lived in that district I wouldn’t have voted for him. Still, I can still admire the chutzpah involved.