If you are going to fill out a ballot, you should have some sort of an idea about the candidates you are voting for. Right?

Dave Wilson recently defeated 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin to become the newly elected member of the Houston Community College Board by just 26 votes. Wilson's campaign tactics are now being called out and a recount could be in order.

Although Wilson knew it was a long shot to take the board position, he was "fed up with the shenanigans at the Houston Community College system" and ran for the position anyway. If Wilson would have ran as the white, anti-gay, conservative activist that he is, then there would not be a story here. Instead, he deceived voters to believe him to be someone he was not.

According to a report on KHOU:

Wilson, a gleeful political troublemaker, printed direct mail pieces strongly implying that he’s black. His fliers were decorated with photographs of smiling African-American faces — which he readily admits he just lifted off websites — and captioned with the words “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.”

One of his mailers said he was “Endorsed by Ron Wilson,” which longtime Houston voters might easily interpret as a statement of support from a former state representative of the same name who’s also African-American. Fine print beneath the headline says “Ron Wilson and Dave Wilson are cousins,” a reference to one of Wilson’s relatives living in Iowa.

Deceptive? Absolutely. Genius? Totally. If voters aren't going to inform themselves of who they are actually voting for, they deserve something like this to happen. Wilson never lied, he just blurred the truth and let voters come to their own conclusions. Voters have no one to blame but themselves.

[Via HyperVocal]