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White Anti-Gay Activist Pretends To Be Black To Win Houston Election

Dave Wilson

We last mentioned Dave Wilson back in 2010 when the homophobic electrician distributed anti-gay fliers to campaign against Houston mayor Annise Parker, an activity that the Houston Republican Party distanced themselves from. Wilson also ran for Harris County commissioner at the time, but did not win the election.

Wilson has now run for the Houston Community College Board of Trustees, and since blatant homophobia didn't work, Wilson tried a different tactic: deception. Specifically, by leading unfamiliar voters in predominantly black neighborhoods to believe that Wilson himself was a black man. Once again relying on fliers, Wilson filled them with random pictures of black people that he freely admits to just pulling off of the internet, adding the caption “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.”

Also on the fliers was the endorsement, "Endorsed by Ron Wilson." While technically true, the Ron Wilson who endorsed Dave Wilson's campaign fliers is his cousin from Iowa, not the Ron Wilson who is a black former state representative.

Wilson won the election by a mere 26 votes, so it's highly probable that his fliers deceived just enough of the 35,000 voters who received them to make a difference. Wilson is now on the Board of Trustees and the man who justified his actions with “[e]very time a politician talks, he’s out there deceiving voters,” and claims that "[t]he openly gay lifestyle leads to extinction," now has the power to approve the educational program for Houston Community College. 

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  1. I have really hard time to believe, what these people mentioned here lately, are doing, even though I am seeing and reading about their actions.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Nov 9, 2013 6:12:34 PM

  2. This is a real lesson in "identity" politics. Black voters thought he was black so they voted for him. Never mind his deception. Why is it okay for black voters to vote for a candidate just because he/she is black?

    Posted by: Andy | Nov 9, 2013 6:37:26 PM

  3. Reminds me of Bill De Blasio making a commercial with his kid in it sporting an Afro. He shot to the top of the polls after that and was not even a front runner before. It all boils down to special interests and identity politics. It's okay for some groups to vote simply based on race but not others. Truth - though liberals won't admit it.

    Same reason crackhead Marion Barry was voted mayor time again after his arrests.

    Posted by: Andy | Nov 9, 2013 6:44:16 PM

  4. @Andy.... People can vote for whoever they want for whatever reason they want, but deceiving voters is despicable!

    Posted by: JP | Nov 9, 2013 6:57:03 PM

  5. It's ok, geezer will be dead soon.

    Posted by: David | Nov 9, 2013 7:05:57 PM

  6. How is a black voter voting for someone they identify with any different than an anti-gay bigot voting for the candidate whose the most anti-gay.

    Posted by: Derrick | Nov 9, 2013 7:12:36 PM

  7. He was more so able to pull this off because this was a low turn out off-off year election and its a race that most voters don't pay much attention to.

    The mayoral race and the proposition regarding what to do with the Astrodome were the big races.

    It's not news that most black voters vote for Democrats. If you're a white male politician in Texas you are most likely to be a Republican. That's why he didn't want to put his own white face on the flier in an racially diverse neighborhood.

    He's disgusting.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Nov 9, 2013 7:42:13 PM

  8. Oh stewardess: I speak jive.

    Posted by: Bear Aspirin | Nov 9, 2013 7:59:15 PM

  9. if you watch the video linked at thinkprogress, you can see the text on the fliers is incredibly anti-gay.

    Posted by: antisaint | Nov 9, 2013 8:42:02 PM

  10. Can he be thrown off the board for fraud?

    Posted by: john patrick | Nov 9, 2013 9:12:32 PM

  11. "[t]he openly gay lifestyle leads to extinction"

    I promise that if the species is ever in danger of becoming extinct, I'll do whatever is necessary to procreate. Give the population explosion, that seems highly unlikely but I'm happy to take the pledge if it will negate such abject stupidity as this.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Nov 9, 2013 9:19:19 PM

  12. @ANDY - couldn't have said it better myself.

    Posted by: Shane | Nov 9, 2013 9:51:16 PM

  13. " Why is it okay for black voters to vote for a candidate just because he/she is black?"

    Because, Andy, unlike white people, there really is no diversity in politics among blacks. With 99%+ certainty, if they're black, you know they're going to stand for. Affirmative action, welfare, food stamps, public housing, public jobs, etc etc.

    I'm sure some delusional queens will say "racist!", but what I just wrote is totally, totally true.

    Posted by: Zeus | Nov 9, 2013 9:55:20 PM

  14. Did the supposed black voters vote for a black person, or did they vote for someone they believed to be their neighbor, who was endorsed by a politician they've evidently known & admired for years?

    Andy, above, likely proves once again the age old adage, that if you ever need an expert on racism, just ask a white person.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Nov 9, 2013 10:15:24 PM

  15. No Zeus it isn't racist to stereotype an entire race of people and assert that the only issues they care about or advocate for are welfare, food stamps, and public housing. That's not racist or ignorant at all.


    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Nov 9, 2013 10:45:54 PM

  16. My Houston homies. Keeping it REAL.

    Posted by: jcrAST | Nov 9, 2013 11:04:43 PM

  17. Anyone who is proven deceitful while campaigning should be disqualified, or their proposition declared invalid. This might stop some of the nonsense from NOM, AFA, and all the other groups and quite a number of politicians.

    Posted by: jsb | Nov 10, 2013 12:14:43 AM

  18. Trollroad is hopping tonight.

    Welfare queens... when most people on welfare are white.


    Posted by: Polyboy | Nov 10, 2013 3:06:06 AM

  19. It's quite a racist assumption on part of the reporter who wrote this story to conclude that just because the people who elected this bigot just did so because they were black and were easily "tricked" into voting for him.

    Yes, he may have misled voters and they may have been too slow or stupid to know what was going on, as you assume. On the other hand, it is true that before President Obama evolved on the issue there was a lot of homophobia in the black community. That community may have evolved with the President, or they may have knowingly voted for this Wilson not because he's Ron's cousin but because they remember his homophobic, moronic behavior in the past.

    It would have been nice to have seen some interviews with voters who are irate because they were tricked, if that is indeed the case.

    Posted by: BigBlackMariah | Nov 10, 2013 3:26:09 AM

  20. he´s right Black in his soul (assume, though he even has a soul)

    Posted by: L Goethe | Nov 10, 2013 5:06:35 AM

  21. I love you, Bear Aspirin.

    Posted by: David | Nov 10, 2013 8:28:59 AM

  22. Deception is just Standard Operating Procedure for these people. Look at NOM, AFA, FRC - it's the only way they do business.

    Posted by: AdamTh | Nov 10, 2013 8:32:43 AM

  23. BREAKING NEWS! Voters tend to vote for candidates with whom they most identify. OMFG!!!!


    And yeah, this fake needs to be (and probably will be) recalled.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Nov 10, 2013 10:44:38 AM

  24. If the people who voted for him are angry, they have only themselves to blame. Never mind checking a candidate's stand on the issues of concern to you, shouldn't you at least check to see what that person looks like?

    Posted by: Victor | Nov 10, 2013 11:28:55 AM

  25. Where is the evidence that Any Blacks voted for him?

    Posted by: Kelly | Nov 10, 2013 1:40:37 PM

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