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Glitter Political: Timothy Wilson, Kirby’s ‘Medium’ Republican and ‘Die Hard’ Candidate

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He don’t need no education—Kirby’s Timothy Wilson thinks real world lessons are the most valuable


Wilson accuses himself of being—of all the candidates in his race—“the most fun.” Twice, he urges me to “admit it.”

So far, Wilson hasn’t run into any education snobs.

“How many residents in Precinct 4 have an education? You know how many people have asked me how many college hours I have?” He makes a zero sign. “Absolutely none. I think people really connect with me. [I’m] the same person that they are. I don’t have money stored away. I proved that during our campaign. I’ve been told by the Express-News, KSAT, even Rick Casey hit on it a little ... ‘You’re underfunded. There’s no way you can win.’” He compares himself to Bruce Willis’ character in the 1988 film Die Hard. “There’s one man [against] 50 people. That man should never win. The same way they said about me. ‘You’ve only raised $7,000, there’s no way you can win.’ He never gives up and in the end—he walks away.”

His blue eyes are intent. “Don’t ever count out the dark horse. When people tell you [that] you can’t do things, it makes you work harder.”

He finds a meme on his phone and reads it aloud. “‘I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say ‘because of you, I didn’t give up,’” he reads. His voice trembles. Does that move you? I ask. “Yeah. It really does. Because if wasn’t for the Judson Learning Academy, I probably would have gave up,” he says.

When I ask if he knows who wrote the lovely quote, he sighs heavily. “Do you have to ask all the technical questions?”

In this election, whether his fellow Republicans accept it or not, Wilson certainly is the life of the party.

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