It’s Cesar Chavez for Congress, not Hugo


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, right, with Spain’s King Juan Carlos in 2009. (AP Photo/Paul White/File)

Congressional candidate Scott Fistler changed his party from Republican to Democrat, and he changed his name to Cesar Chavez. But apparently he still has some things to work out: He’s obviously a fan of Chavez; he just doesn’t seem to know which one.

On his campaign Web site, the U.S. House candidate from Arizona has lots of fine photos of the late Chavez. Problem is, the photos are not of  Cesar Chavez, but of the late Venezuelan president and anti-U.S. demagogue Hugo Chavez.

Fistler lost a 2012 write-in campaign as a GOP candidate for Congress against longtime Rep. Ed Pastor (D-Ariz.) in a heavily Hispanic district. Then he lost a Phoenix City Council bid in 2013 to Laura Pastor, Ed’s daughter.

He legally changed his name to Cesar Chavez, the legendary labor leader and civil rights activist, the Arizona Capitol Times reported Monday. On his petition, the Capitol Times reported,  he stated he wanted the name change  because he had “experienced many hardships because of my name.” Losing a couple of elections is surely tough.

Well, there’s still time to work out the kinks. Maybe he could just call himself the “candidate formerly known as Fistler?”

 

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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