Ruben Gallego, Congressional Candidate in D7, Challenged Over 2008 Name Change

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Gallego explains that he changed his name because he says father was abusive to the family and left his mother to raise him. He says he simply no longer wanted to carry that man's last name. Instead, he wanted to honor the woman who raised him, and so he made Gallego his legal last name.

And, he waited until 2008, he says, because he didn't want to create a paperwork hassle by changing his name during military service. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2008.

"My name is Mary Rose Wilcox, and this community knows who I am," she states in her press release.

Sometimes, however, she is also Mary Rose Garrido Wilcox.

Here are a few examples:

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