Nov
10
2013

White conservative wins Texas election in black district by omitting one small detail.

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.

Via Althouse and Instapundit.

Moe Lane

PS: The movie that you are trying to remember right now is called The Distinguished Gentleman.  Unless you’re trying to remember Soul Man, which I have not actually seen.

4 Comments

  • coondawg68 says:

    “Soul Man” is more akin to the Elizabeth Warren story, Harvard ties and all.

    • Freddie Sykes says:

      Soul Man actually claimed to be black to get a minority only scholarship; this guy allowed the voters to make their own inferences. Of course, by the end, Soul man was a more sensitive progressive for having spent all that time wearing black face.

  • Brian Swisher says:

    Well, the unpleasant fact that the majority of African-Americans are, to put it delicately, down on gays makes it sound like he’s a good fit for the district…

  • BigGator5 says:

    I liked the The Distinguished Gentleman. I thought it a fun movie.

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