November 12, 2013

The other Dave Wilson

This is probably the funniest or saddest story you will read this week.

Dave Wilson is white guy.  A sort of gadfly in municipal political circles, was elected to the Houston Community College Board last week.  Wilson is a (white) conservative Republican.  He beat a 24-year incumbent.  He was elected by, and to represent, an overwhelmingly black Democratic district.

So how did he get elected?

By insinuating he was black.

I don't know whether to cry over the stupidity of voters or laugh at his bravado.
Wilson, a gleeful political troublemaker, printed direct mail pieces strongly implying that he's black. His fliers were decorated with photographs of smiling African-American faces -- which he readily admits he just lifted off websites -- and captioned with the words "Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson."

One of his mailers said he was "Endorsed by Ron Wilson," which longtime Houston voters might easily interpret as a statement of support from a former state representative of the same name who's also African-American. Fine print beneath the headline says "Ron Wilson and Dave Wilson are cousins," a reference to one of Wilson's relatives living in Iowa.

"He's a nice cousin," Wilson says, suppressing a laugh. "We played baseball in high school together. And he's endorsed me."
If any person bases their vote on skin color, information from which was gleaned from the clip art on one piece of direct mail, they get what they deserve.

1 comment:

CenTexTim said...

You beat me to the punch. That was going to be my post for tomorrow. Now I have to come up with something else.

Remember this when you read my post in the morning. It's all your fault...