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GOP Cesar Chavez: Former Republican Candidate Changes Name, Joins Dems

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 08:24 AM

A former GOP candidate who recently changed his name to "Cesar Chavez" is running for Democratic Congressman Ed Pastor's seat in the Phoenix-West Valley district of Arizona.

According to The Arizona Republic, the 34-year-old, unemployed military veteran was known by his birth name, Scott Fistler, up until recently. The newspaper reported that he's recently racked up two losses in separate contests — prompting him to change his name and switch from the Republican to Democratic party.

"People want a name that they can feel comfortable with," Chavez said when asked about the name change, which reportedly cost only $319. "If you went out there running for office and your name was Bernie Madoff, you'd probably be screwed."

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In 2012, Chavez — then Fistler — ran for the same seat in a failed 2012 write-in campaign. In 2013, he ran for a Phoenix city council seat now held by Laura Pastor, Ed’s daughter.

Six Democratic candidates have emerged for the seat held for 40 years by Rep. Pastor, the first Latino congressman from Arizona, after he recently announced his retirement.

Pastor's district, the 7th, is heavily Hispanic, and many say Fistler's name change to "Cesar Chavez" — the name of the famous Hispanic civil rights leader who died in 1993 — is a distasteful pander to the community there.

"I think that's really poor taste," said Mary Rose Wilcox, a fellow Democrat who is also running for the seat, according to the Arizona Capitol Times.

Other opponents had no idea who he was at all, which is not surprising given he has "no money, no endorsements and no paid campaign staff," according to The Arizona Republic. He has also plagiarized and likely violated photo copyright on his website, which features pictures of rallies from former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

"I have no idea who that is," said one opponent-campaign spokesman in regard to Chavez. Pastor and his staff also had no idea.

"I would advise him to change his name to Ronald McDonald because it has universal appeal," said political consultant Mario Diaz. "It's a comedic episode of the election in District 7. It's a sideshow. He does have a right to declare himself under any legal name he may have, but in the bigger picture, names alone do not win elections."

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