Congressional Candidate Cesar Chavez Has Nothing to Do With Actual Cesar Chavez

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The campaign website of "Cesar Chavez," complete with pictures of a rally for former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.


Cesar Chavez is running for Congress.

No, not the legendary Mexican-American labor leader from Arizona. The Cesar Chavez running for Congress in the Phoenix area is a guy who changed his name to Cesar Chavez, the Arizona Republic discovered.

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Chavez managed to turn in nearly 1,500 signatures to get on the ballot in the Democratic primary for Congressional District 7, in the election to replace retiring Congressman Ed Pastor.

The Republic found that just a few years ago, "Cesar Chavez" was Scott Fistler, who ran for the CD-7 seat as a Republican write-in candidate in 2012, landing a grand total of 116 votes.

You can imagine the nightmare for everyone involved if enough uninformed voters in CD-7, a heavily Democratic district, were to pick Chavez, as a name they recognize.

Everything about his campaign appears to be illegitimate, as the Republic reports that Chavez/Fistler has no campaign staff or endorsements. From the Republic:
He plagiarized an answer to a Republic policy questionnaire and used copyrighted photos on his website. Two show a crowd in red T-shirts printed with "Chavez," and another depicts a parade group waving Mexican and American flags. "Supporters ready to canvas the South Mountain neighborhood," reads one website caption.

A Google image search reveals different origins. The crowds were photographed at a 2006 Venezuelan rally for then-President Hugo Chavez. The parade was held in Kansas to honor civil-rights leader Chavez.
Here are those images, with Chavez/Fistler's website on the left, and a news report on the right:

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We've reached out to the campaigns of a couple legitimate candidates, Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, and former Representative Ruben Gallego, to get a reaction to this. We'll update this post when we get a response.

The Arizona Capitol Times has a little more on the story, including "Chavez" saying he won't be taking any more media questions, and when he eventually does, he won't be talking about his name change.

UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: Gallego tells us his camp's not worried about the Chavez threat, especially without knowing at this point if Chavez is even going to make it onto the ballot.

UPDATE June 4: We didn't hear back from Wilcox's campaign. In addition to the comments from Gallego, his campaign sent out the following e-mail to followers, from National Farm Workers Association co-founder Dolores Huerta:
Friend,

I endorsed Ruben because he's a rising star who has proven himself as a leader in government and the Latino community. He has the energy, intelligence and passion to advance the cause of working families, the same cause I've been a part of since co-founding the United Farm Workers with Cesar Estrada Chavez.

During the early days of our work, we envisioned having young and passionate advocates like Ruben to carry on our fight. We didn't envision a Republican changing his name to "Cesar Chavez" to try to deceive voters.

If you were as shocked by this news as I was, I hope you'll contribute to Ruben's campaign today.

Since Cesar's death, we've seen a lot of people try to co-opt his legacy, but I've never seen anything like this. Voters are too smart to believe this disguise, but we need to take a stand against such disrespectful behavior.

I don't typically send out fundraising emails, but this is so outrageous that it only makes me more determined to see Ruben win this race and carry on our fight for working people.

Ruben has an army of young organizers and he has the dedication and passion that Arizonans deserve from a public servant. But he needs the resources to win, and I hope you'll help him by donating to his campaign today.

We can't let this outrageous attempt to deceive voters stand. Please contribute to Ruben's campaign today.

Thank you,

Dolores Huerta

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26 comments
tiger2poingz
tiger2poingz

I like him he is a fighter and he dose not ask for money he may be the 1 for the people  .

Troy Farah Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

I fully support this guy and not because I agree with anything he does or says (I, like many people, have no idea what he's about simply because I do not care). But this will be an interesting experiment regardless. If I voted, I might participate, but I'll just remain the control.

Pauliejuanakraquer
Pauliejuanakraquer

Fistfuck, you're in my district and I'll remember this farce of yours at the voting booth

  ...If you make it that far.. Hope you'll go back to your old job as a Mop Boy at the adult theater after you lose.

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

Did anyone see this guy on Channel 3? Seriously, it was embarrassing. There is clearly something wrong here. At worst, the guy is an arrogant, sociopathic, narcissistic little douchenozzle. At worst, there is something mentally wrong with him, like maybe he has Aspergers or something. Seriously. I don't know whether to be afraid of him, be angry with him, or feel sorry for him because he may be deeply disturbed and not getting the treatment he needs.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Olivia Cortez, round two.

Egregious_Philbin
Egregious_Philbin

Sounds like something Russell Pearce would do.  Is Constantine his political advisor?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

This story has gone national already. Only in Arizona could something like this happen!

Pauliejuanakraquer
Pauliejuanakraquer

What a shameless fucking asshole.

Just........ ah, fuckit, I'm never surprised at the gall of fucking politicians. Hope he get's his ass kicked.

Original-American
Original-American

Another slimy "Olivia Cortez" type schmuck scheme by a cowardly Republiturd. I think someone should start suing for copyright violations.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

It's too bad that so many voters are so ignorant that this could actually work.


eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

If PNT can get reach this faux Cesar Chavez for an interview, they should ask all of their questions in Spanish.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Seriously now, were your parents related? Did they know each other since the womb? I got $100 that says your dad regrets not spending that 50 cents for a condom

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@valleynative The simple answer is NO. You are kind of a dumbass yourself yet you vote. 

Original-American
Original-American

@valleynative @Original-American Just like the genial idiots who keep voting for arpaio's reelection. If the candidate in question did change his name legally. I'm sure everyone would love to know. Otherwise, ID Theft laws might have also been broken. And we got another Republican criminal on file.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Original-American 

Yes, just like them, and like the people who would vote for Hillary just because she was married to a President who they think was cool.

One of the links in the article leads to a story that says that he did legally change his name.  Even if he hadn't that wouldn't be identity theft, and wouldn't be a copyright violation.  It would be filing fraudulent campaign documents, though.

Original-American
Original-American

@valleynative @Original-American Copyright violation in terms of stealing irrelevant pictures from other sources per his fraudulent and illegal campaigning.


No fan of Obama or Hillary myself. But Hillary has not yet publicly announced she would run, only hinted. Much like the 82 year old Flaccid Fool of the MCSO had hinted at running for higher office. Hillary has yet to seek the nomination of her own party. A little too early to be whimpering about that, don't you think?


Then again the same senile idiots in the valley thought the 82 year old Flaccid Failure would leave the MCSO for a Governor position. No other political thug has fooled the weak minded more than that diaper wearing octogenarian.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Original-American @valleynative 

Ok, those copyright violations are legitimate, but would have to be prosecuted by the owners.

Not clear what you see as "whimpering".  I'm complaining about the number of people who've already said they would vote for her, even though she hasn't declared, and despite the fact that they're unable to answer questions about her qualifications.

 

Original-American
Original-American

@valleynative @Original-American  So you admit that what this slimeball candidate is doing is illegitimate and illegal.

Saying that you'll vote for someone, is not the same as casting in your ballot to vote for them. Again, it's a little too early for you to be whimpering about it, either. 

Further, I would add that former president Clinton was "cool" that he didn't start any costly and major wars overseas that would render the Nation in economic depression. As did the Bush administration. 



valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Original-American 

The only thing he's done illegal was to use some images he found on the web.  I'll bet most politicians have done the same thing.

You have a very odd definition of "whimpering".

Maybe you read more.

 

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