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  •  On a more serious note (19+ / 0-)

    Seems the Dem party is trying to head him off.

    Arizona Democratic Party chairman DJ Quinlan said he and others at the Party have been looking into Chavez. He said someone claiming to represent the candidate has called the Party repeatedly, asking to have him listed on their website as a Democratic candidate in CD7.
    “He’s either trying to make a mockery of the system, or of Democrats, or of the Hispanic community,” Quinlan said.
    “There are two questions: Is it a problem for the FEC that he said he was a Democrat when he wasn’t?” Quinlan said. “And is it a problem for the state if he was collecting signatures to run in a Democratic primary while he was a Republican?”
    http://azcapitoltimes.com/...

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 01:09:02 PM PDT

    •  It could be an issue. (19+ / 0-)

      The two top Dem. candidates in the race, Mary Rose Wilcox and Ruben Gallego, are separated by only a point or so in the polls. If this impostor, who doesn't have staff, hasn't raised a dime, and won't talk to the press, pulls even a handful of votes because of name recognition (will people think he's related?), well, who knows how it might skew the result? Once again, Arizona ramps up the weird.

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      by Mother Mags on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 01:52:20 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, what IS the law (2+ / 0-)
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      with respect to filing as a candidate for one party, while currently registered with the other party?  

      And even if the law is clear on this point (which I am not at all sure of) did this would-be chameleon violate it?  I'd think that if he went to all the trouble of a legal name-change, that he may have remembered to change his registration as well.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 02:21:50 PM PDT

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    •  the name change itself could be illegal (11+ / 0-)

      In the state of California there is precedent that a name change may not be granted if the purpose is to fool people.  It was a case many decades ago where someone trying to pass himself off as Peter Lorre's son tried to change his last name to Lorre. Perhaps Arizona law has something similar.  In any case there might be cause to petition the court to revoke the name change.  Even if failed might shine a spotlight on this joker.

      •  In Pennsylvania Bob Caseys won/almost won (7+ / 0-)

        elections by people thinking they were Bob Ca

        Restricted from seeking another term as Auditor General of Pennsylvania, Casey declined to seek the office of Pennsylvania Treasurer in 1976. Instead, a county official who was also named Robert Casey won the Democratic primary and the general election, spending virtually no money and doing virtually no campaigning; voters merely assumed they were voting for the outgoing Auditor General.[citation needed] In 1980 the Republicans launched an extensive advertising campaign to clarify that "Casey isn't Casey," and the Democratic state treasurer was defeated for re-election, losing to R. Budd Dwyer.

        In 1978, yet another candidate named Robert P. "Bob" Casey, a different Robert Casey, this one a teacher and ice cream parlor owner, likewise received the Democratic party's nomination for Lieutenant Governor, again with a no-spending, no-campaigning strategy. This Casey, who joined Democratic gubernatorial nominee Pete Flaherty, narrowly lost to Richard Thornburgh and William Scranton III.

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        •  White guy runs as black candidate (4+ / 0-)
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          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.
          http://www.dailykos.com/...

          “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

          by Catte Nappe on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 04:43:49 PM PDT

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    •  Or? (3+ / 0-)
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      He’s either trying to make a mockery of the system, or of Democrats, or of the Hispanic community

      Oh my god, it's full of cheese! - 2001 first draft

      by sizzzzlerz on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 02:32:40 PM PDT

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