I know it’s tough to tell from the photo above, but Dave Wilson is not black. In fact, he is about as white as it gets: conservative, lives in Texas, probably skips past the hot sauce section in the grocery store. But to win a local election, he couldn’t play up his overwhelming whiteness — he had to imply he was black. And it worked.
In one of the biggest political upsets in Houston politics this election season, Wilson, an anti-gay activist and former fringe candidate for mayor, emerged as the surprise winner over 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin…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.”
And in a brilliant/despicable move that would give Richard Nixon a hard-on:
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.”
I’m going to name my baby Barack Obama Kurp, so that when I run for All-Time President of the Corgis and the Boobs, a title I didn’t just make up, I can say, “Endorsed by Barack Obama.” That’ll show the anti-corgi/boob lobby.