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Mexican-American civil rights icon Cesar Chavez died more than 20 years ago, so it would be nigh impossible for him to run for political office at this point. Nonetheless, the late National Farm Workers Association co-founder’s hallowed name is drawing lots of attention on a current Arizona ballot.
Which may be exactly what a 34-year-old former Republican running for the Seventh Congressional District seat, who changed his name to Cesar Chavez from Scott Fistler in 2013, is counting on.
The politician formerly known as Fistler cited “many hardships” as the reason he needed a new moniker, the Arizona Republic found following a probe. But documents published by the Arizona Capitol Times reveal convenient timing in that “Chavez” filed as a Democratic candidate in February, for the seat that will open when Arizona Representative Ed Pastor retires.
Fistler has already tried twice to run for office in the Phoenix area, both unsuccessful. In 2012, he campaigned as a write-in candidate for Pastor’s Seventh Congressional District seat. In 2013, he ran for a seat on the Phoenix City Council.
The Seventh Congressional District of Arizona has a large Hispanic population. “People want a name that they can feel comfortable with,” Chavez said in an interview with the Arizona Republic. “If you went out there running for office and your name was Bernie Madoff, you’d probably be screwed.”
originally posted by: elementalgrove
Hey it worked for the heinous monster from the 9th gate of hell known to the world as Hillary Clinton!