Source: Noah Rothman / Mediaite
On Tuesday, NewsOne host Roland Martin invited Dave Wilson, a white candidate who won in a race for Houston Community College Board of Trustees in a heavily African-American Texas district by strongly implying in his campaign literature that he was black, on his program to clarify the thinking behind his successful, if dishonest, campaign.
“Dave essentially gave the impression that he was a brother and Dave won,” Martin said in Wilson’s introduction, noting that his strategy successfully unseated a 24-year black incumbent.
“I did have a conscious effort to run this race on the issues and not skin color,” Wilson said. He said he knew that his district, which voted for President Barack Obama by more than 80 percent, was unlikely to elect a white conservative unless he “focused on the issues.”
Martin said that Wilson bragged that he was endorsed by someone with the same name as a local African-American congressional representative when it was in fact his cousin by the same name – a disclaimer which appeared in the fine print on his campaign literature.
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