Ruben Gallego, Congressional Candidate in D7, Challenged Over 2008 Name Change
Ruben Gallego at the lectern.
On the heels of a lawsuit filed to knock Cesar Chavez, a Republican turned Democrat formerly known Scott Fistler, off the 7th Congressional District ballot over his newly invented identity, comes another name-change complaint -- also against a CD 7 candidate.
This one is against Ruben Gallego in reference to his name change in 2008 from Ruben Marinelarena (his father's last name) to Ruben Marinelarena Gallego (his mother's maiden name).
Mary Rose Wilcox, who is also a CD 7 candidate, fully endorses the lawsuit against Gallego.
The lawsuit alleges Gallego is "misrepresenting" himself to voters and that his nomination petition "does not state the candidate's actual name" rendering him ineligible to have his name printed on the official ballot.
"Upon information and belief, "Gallego" is not his actual complete "surname and given name or names," the court document states.
Except that it is, at least according to court documents we got our hands on.
A Maricopa County Superior Court document states that "done in open court on August 7, 2008," Ruben Marinelarena legally changed his name to Ruben Gallego. Marinelarena became Gallego's middle name.
Wilcox said in a statement that "anyone running for public office has a responsibility to do so in an open and honest way. My opponent has used the names Ruben Marinelarena, Ruben Gallego, Ruben Gallego Marinelarena, and Ruben Marinelarena Gallego at different times for various purposes since he moved to Arizona, a few years ago. A lot has happened under each of those names, and the voters have a right to know who a candidate really is."'
But court documents related to Gallego's name change are public record. (See the actual record at the end of the post.)