"Plus I can end 30-plus years of fisting jokes; win-win!"
Previously a Republican who ran for and lost two elections, he decided to shake it up and run again, not only as a Democrat, but as a different person altogether. So, the man who once lost a Republican city council seat in Phoenix as Scott Fistler was suddenly running for Congress as a Democrat named Cesar Chavez. Yes, the same name as the famous Mexican labor leader.
Cynical minds might assume that the new Chavez was trying to create a subconscious connection, or even outright confuse voters in his heavily Hispanic district (especially considering that most people just briefly skim the ballot in midterm elections, if they vote at all). We don't want to take a side, so let us just say that his amateur website was inexplicably covered in propaganda for both the original Cesar Chavez, and more bizarrely, Hugo Chavez, who is of no relation to either.
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But a big hit with the socialist workout video demographic.
The former Fistler submitted his name change request with the simple explanation that he had "experienced many hardships" due to his birth name, and soon after refused to answer any question by the press regarding the change (on top of insisting that he would not answer any question about anything if it was longer than five words). Eventually, a lawsuit was filed against him by the grandson of the original, more well-known Cesar Chavez, in an attempt to stop him from pretending that he was somebody he wasn't. But the hopeful congressman's defense was that the name change had nothing to do with masquerading as a historical figure -- he was just a fan of six-time world boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez. No, really.