Texan pretends to be black to win election
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)