Friday 20 April 2018

Texan pretends to be black to win election

Dave Wilson
Dave Wilson

Jon Swaine

A politician in Texas has been accused of "disgusting" dirty tricks after winning a local election against an African-American opponent by pretending to be black.

Dave Wilson, a conservative Republican standing in a district dominated by black Democrats, narrowly beat a 24-year incumbent to claim a seat on the Houston community college board.

Mr Wilson circulated campaign leaflets featuring pictures of black people that he had downloaded from the internet telling residents: "Please vote for our friend and neighbour Dave Wilson."

One piece of literature even declared that he had been "endorsed by Ron Wilson" – stating only in the small print that this referred to the candidate's cousin in Iowa, rather than a popular local black politician with the same name.

His opponent, Bruce Austin, has demanded a recount in an attempt to prevent Mr Wilson claiming a six-year term on the college board of trustees.

Mr Wilson defended his tactics. "Every time a politician talks, he's out there deceiving voters," he said. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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