In yet another news story involving a complicated blend of Texas, bigots, and education, a popular internet site released a story that appeared to be the product of the “Onion,” purely satirical and just for laughs. But this wasn’t the Onion. This nearly unbelievable story was actually published by Think Progress, one of the most-trusted political sites on the web, and it appears to be entirely true.
Mr. Dave Wilson, a whiter-than-white man, recently won election to the Houston Community College board of directors. The Republican gay-bashing Wilson, running in a heavily black Democratic district against a Democratic black incumbent, somehow was able to pull off a stunning victory by simply using campaign fliers suggesting he was black. A Houston television stations, KHOU, used Wilson’s own words in describing his, arguably illegal, strategy.
“I’d always said it was a long shot. 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.”
To heighten his sense of “fun” Wilson started mailing out fliers to the electorate in the lightly publicized race, implying that Dave Wilson the candidate, was a proud member of the African-American community. The Think Progress piece described his nefarious plan:
“Wilson’s campaign fliers were filled with black faces that he admits to simply pulling off of websites, along with captions such as “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.” Another flier announces that he was “Endorsed by Ron Wilson,” which is the name of an African American former state representative. Only by reading the fine print will voters discover that the “Ron Wilson” who actually endorsed Dave is his cousin. The cousin lives in Iowa.”
Mr. Wilson, who was apparently able to avoid any personal or TV appearances, did not deny his attempts to deceive the voters and when asked, responded “Every time a politician talks, he is out there deceiving voters.” Mr. Wilson’s incumbent opponent in the race, did nothing to help his own chances of course, as he was in the middle of several investigations regarding questionable financial dealings so it’s unclear if deception itself made the difference, but the use of deception has never been denied.
Mr. Wilson already made a name for himself in conservative Texas circles with his full-throated attacks on Houston’s current openly gay Mayor, Annise Parker. According to the KHOU report, Wilson sent out 35,000 fliers to voters in the greater Houston area in his efforts to stop Parkers election.
“In the flier, Wilson says “I have nothing but compassion, respect, and sensitivity towards those trapped in homosexual behavior. I have family members and friends who have been ensnarled in this behavior, and I know something of the incredible pain and sorrow it has brought to them and their families.”
The flier features a photo of Parker standing beside her longtime partner at a swearing-in ceremony after Parker had been elected as the city’s Controller six years ago. Over the photo is a headline that asks “Is this the image Houston wants to portray?”
“I don’t see a good family, a Christian family, one man, one woman,” Wilson said. “It’s a picture of her and her mate being sworn in in public and that’s the image I have a problem with.”
No word at this time if the citizens of Houston have any recourse in the matter, and Mr. Wilson is the newly-elected board member for the Houston Community College system. He’d be the one cackling hilariously in the group photo.
h/t: Think Progress