Congressional candidate changes name to Cesar Chavez

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By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler

PHOENIX -- A lot of voters expect politicians to say or do anything to get elected, but now a politician has apparently changed his name to Cesar Chavez - the former civil rights leader - in order to score a few points with voters in a heavily Hispanic congressional district. This has some leaders saying that this has taken politics way too far.

City Hall candidate Scott Fistler's "elect Fistler to knock your city government back into shape" slogan didn't work for him in last year's elections, but now it appears that he's betting that a name change will be a hit with voters as he campaigns for Congress.

"I think it's a shame," said Congressional candidate Mary Rose Wilcox, responding to reports that Fistler may have legally changed his name to civil rights leader Cesar Chavez to score points in the heavily Hispanic 7th congressional district. "I think Cesar Chavez is very sacred to our community and obviously he's playing games with voters."

According to election records, a man named Cesar Chavez qualified to run against Wilcox in the August Democratic primary. The address and phone number on the congressional federal forms match those on the city paperwork Fistler filed last year to run for an open council seat.

3TV went to the latest address Chavez had listed, where it appeared that he was trying to change the number on his apartment, much like he had changed his name.

Chavez was inside but never answered the door, although he did answer his phone.

"You can ask all the questions you want," Chavez said on the phone. "I'm not prepared to give an message."

When asked why a congressional candidate didn't have a message or want to talk to the media, Chavez said he's been busy.