Interesting story here:
HOUSTON — Ferdinand Frank Fischer, III would be a great name for a Mexican monarchist trying to reclaim the crown of Emperor Maximilian, but it’s a lousy name for an ambitious [Democratic] American politician from a Latino district of San Antonio.
That’s why Fischer ditched it years ago, trying on a couple of monikers before building a name for himself as Trey Martinez Fischer, politician on the rise.
The trick worked, as it has for so many starlets, but now he is easily startled by questions of authenticity and vanity. When he found out that Gov. Rick Perry had used the term “charlatans and peacocks” to describe a group of politicians – Fischer among them – who were threatening to impeach Regent Wallace Hall, he bristled.
Three things that I find interesting about this story:
- Under normal circumstances this would be be ‘meh’ kind of story. Guy’s using his mother’s maiden name as a middle name to get Latino votes. Cagy, in its way.
- Unfortunately, in Texas it’s a problem because the guy’s been using that name for the ballot, which is a definite no-no: your name is your name, and there are severe limitations on what you can use. As the article notes, even “Kinky Friedman had to go by “Richard ‘Kinky’ Friedman” on the 2006 ballot for governor.” If it turns out that the guy put his name on the ballot that way – and the local Democratic party is sitting on that info, because Texas has interesting laws* – it’s a potentially big deal.
- Apparently if I lived in the South-South growing up, my nickname would actually be “Trey.” That’s the nickname given to people who are Moe Lane the Third or whatever.
*Like, you know, every other state.