Dave Wilson, a white, conservative anti-LGBT activist running in a largely African-American district in Houston, pulled off a strange upset victory in the race for Houston Community College Board of Trustees last week after he led voters to believe he was Black.
Wilson distributed direct mail pieces, adorned with pictures of African- Americans that he admitted to pulling off the Internet, that read: “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.”
The fliers also claimed an endorsement by “Ron Wilson”—the name of a longtime African-American state representative from the area, but also the name of one of Wilson’s relatives in Iowa. In the fine print, the flier noted “Ron Wilson and Dave Wilson are cousins.”
“He’s a nice cousin,” Wilson told KHOU. “We played baseball in high school together. And he’s endorsed me.”