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GOP Cesar Chavez: Republican turns Democrat, changes name in Hispanic district

A former GOP candidate, Cesar Chavez, was not born with that particular namesake. In fact, news has surfaced this week about a new political hopeful who not only changed parties from Republican to Democrat earlier this year, but even legally changed his name to that of Cesar Chavez for an upcoming election. Slate News reveals the details behind this strange (and some say transparent) move by the man previously known as Scott Fistler this Monday, June 2, 2014.

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U.S. historians and Hispanic enthusiasts are likely aware of the story of important Mexican figure Cesar Chavez. Yet a new “GOP Cesar Chavez” has arrived on the political scene recently, and this transformation is a major if surprising one. The candidate in question from Arizona, Scott Fistler, has already made two separate bids running for office. Both of these times, he ostensibly ran with the Republican Party, first failing to be elected in a 2012 congressional campaign and later losing again in Phoenix for a local city council a year later.

For whatever reasons, this GOP candidate must not have felt that either what he stood for or how he was appearing to the voting masses was making the cut, because Fistler has now made some very noticeable changes this time around for a new election in a predominantly Hispanic community of Arizona. Instead of applying as a Republican, the politically changed man has now officially registered as a Democrat for the upcoming ballot, as well as legally changing his name to Cesar Chavez.

Yahoo News! shares today that this alteration begins to make more sense when one considers that Fistler (Chavez, one should say now) is running in a primarily Hispanic 7th Congressional District of Arizona. Now that he shares the iconic name of the labor movement figure, perhaps things will be different this time around - or so he hopes, adds the press release. Fistler did previously comment that he has “experienced a number of hardships because of [his] name.” At this time, Chavez has not responded to a public request for comments or information on his political running process or name/party change from Republican to Democratic beliefs.

"It's almost as simple as saying Elvis Presley is running for president," Chavez has said in a phone interview with the Arizona Republic, a local news source. "You wouldn't forget it, would you?”

Despite these choices, Chavez may have a hard time securing the vote. After all, he faces in the Democratic primary two opponents who are originally Hispanic as well as Democrats (and therefore likely much more authentic), so we shall have to see where Cesar Chavez heads next. What's your thoughts on this massive political change? Do you think it has any actual chance to work, or is it simply a transparent ploy for support?

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