White Republican Pretends He's Black, Wins Spot on Houston Community College Board

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In an mostly African-American Houston district, a right-wing white man with anti-gay views led voters to believe he was black, and won the election. On Tuesday, Dave Wilson won by 26 votes over Bruce Austin, who has served on the Board for 24 years, and will now serve a six year term.

“What a coincidence!” Wilson said flippantly about all his flyers featuring African-Americans, in images he pulled from the Internet.

More below the jump.Wilson sent out flyers featuring African-Americans with 'Endorsed By Ron Wilson' printed on them. Ron Wilson is a former African-American State Rep., but this one is Dave Wilson's cousin from Iowa.

“He's a nice cousin,” Wilson told KHOU, trying not to laugh. “We played baseball in high school together. And he's endorsed me.”

In 2010, a white Washington D.C. candidate for city council pretended to be an African-American city councilman. Fortunately, political signs warning voters not to get fooled caused a loss for the impostor. Unfortunately, Houston Community College will now have to deal with Wilson's influence for six years.

Here's the video from KHOU:

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

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