One failed GOP candidate will do just about anything to win in Arizona's heavily Hispanic 7th congressional district -- including switching parties and legally changing his name to that of Hispanic labor and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez. [...]Yessir, you can feel the momentum!
The candidate formerly known as Scott Fistler also prominently displayed photos on his website of crowds carrying signs and wearing T-shirts with the name "Chavez." But the photos, as the Capitol Times pointed out, were actually of Venezuelans rallying for deceased former President Hugo Chavez.
One 2006 photo shows a march celebrating Cesar Chavez (the labor leader) in downtown Wichita, Kansas, with the caption “Supporters: Ready to canvas the South Mountain neighborhood,” which is in south Phoenix.Ah, the full con. Change parties. Change your name to a famous guy. Put up pictures of crowds rallying for other famous guys. If they don't like Republican Scott Fistler, maybe they'll like Democratic candidate Cesar Chavez, from
Despite going to all this effort to woo voters, the candidate is not speaking to the press—go figure. Let's go out on a limb here and say that Mr. Fistler is probably not particularly trying to hide his Republican credentials, he's just a man a few needles short of a cactus who really, really wants to get elected to something. And this is Arizona, where "get elected to something" goes off the rails with such regularity that it should be called the Are You Kidding State.