Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rules to Run By

Gail Collins, NYT
JULY 11, 2014

The 2014 election year is just kicking into gear, but we’ve learned so much already. Among the political pointers for candidates of the future:

Do not attempt to curry favor with the voters by changing your name.

Scott Fistler tried to improve his extremely remote chance of winning the Democratic Congressional nomination in a largely Hispanic Arizona district by legally changing his name to Cesar Chavez. After a relative of the deceased farm labor leader filed a complaint, Fistler/Chavez was thrown off the ballot. The disappointed ex-candidate told reporters that politics is “a vicious game.”

... although it’s totally fair to go with the one you’ve already got.

Beleaguered Democrats in Texas are nurturing at least faint hopes for their current attorney general candidate, Sam Houston. “I try not to be so cynical to think that people just go in and vote for a name,” Houston said.

(More here.)

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