Can't win a seat in Congress? Then change your name to Cesar Chavez. At least that's what one failed GOP candidate from Arizona thinks is the answer.
According to The Huffington Post, Scott Fistler, a 34-year-old Republican running for a seat in Arizona's Seventh Congressional District, petitioned in 2013 to have his name changed to the late Mexican-American civil rights activist.
The politician stated that because of his name he had "experienced many hardships." Fistler ran for office twice in the Phoenix area, but was unsuccessful. Documents obtained by the Arizona Capitol Times revealed that Fistler, who now officially goes by Chavez, conveniently filed as a Democratic candidate earlier this year, in order to run for the Congressional District opening after Arizona Rep. Ed Pastor retires.
The young politician believes a political party and name change will give him a fighting chance at winning.
"It's almost as simple as saying Elvis Presley is running for president," Fistler told The Arizona Republic. "You wouldn't forget it, would you?"
"People want a name that they can feel comfortable with," he added. "If you went out there running for office and your name was Bernie Madoff, you'd probably be screwed."