Rocky De La Fuente

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Rocky De La Fuente
Personal details
Born Roque De La Fuente Guerra
(1954-10-10) October 10, 1954 (age 63)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Political party Republican (since 2017)
Other political
Reform (2016)
American Delta (2016)
Democratic (2016)
Spouse(s) Katayoun Yazdani (divorced)
Children 5

Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente (born October 10, 1954)[1] is an American businessman and political activist. He was the unsuccessful nominee of both the Reform Party and his self-created American Delta Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election. De La Fuente was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in Florida's 2016 election for United States Senator and for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2016 primaries. He filed as a candidate for US Senate in the 2018 elections in eight states, and remains in the running in seven.

Early life[edit]

De La Fuente was born on October 10, 1954 at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California,[2] the son of Roque Antonio De La Fuente Alexander[3] and Bertha Guerra Yzaguirre. His parents raised him in Mexico (Mexico City, Tijuana, Baja California), and in the United States (San Diego, and Anaheim, California). He was educated by his parents and the Legionaries of Christ, the Marist Brothers, the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart, Daughters of the Holy Spirit and the Jesuits. As a youth, De La Fuente attended Saint Catherine's Military Academy in Anaheim, California and then earned a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the Instituto Patria National Autonomous University of Mexico, and studied Accounting & Business Administration at Anahuac University near Mexico City.[2][4]


Between 1976 and 1990, De La Fuente acquired 28 automobile franchises from Alfa Romeo, American Motors Corporation, Audi, Cadillac, Chrysler, Daihatsu, Dodge, GMC, Honda, and others.[2] He also opened three banks, assisted living facilities in Los Angeles and Lemon Grove and eleven currency exchange locations in the United States and Mexico.[5][6]

In 2004, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued an order barring De La Fuente from participating in an FDIC-insured institution. De La Fuente appealed and the 9th Circuit reversed half the order and advised the FDIC to reconsider its sentence, stating that "De La Fuente's use of FIB as his personal piggy bank was in shocking disregard of sound banking practices and the law to the detriment of depositors, shareholders, and the public.  Nevertheless, we remand this matter to the Board for it to consider, in light of this disposition, whether this extraordinary sanction remains deserved."[4][7]

In November 2015, De La Fuente and the city of San Diego reached settlement in a decades-long legal dispute over land-use issues regarding a 312-acre area that De La Fuente is developing in Otay Mesa.[8]

He owns businesses and properties in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, United States, and Uruguay.[2]

Political campaigns[edit]

2016 presidential campaign[edit]

De La Fuente at the Lesser-Known Candidates Presidential Forum during his campaign for the Democratic Party nomination, January 2016

De La Fuente ran a presidential campaign in the 2016 election. De La Fuente sought the Democratic Party's nomination during their presidential primaries. De La Fuente's campaign did not win a single primary or a single delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

De La Fuente founded the American Delta Party and ran as that party's nominee with his running mate Michael Steinberg and was nominated as the presidential candidate of the Reform Party which had ballot access in Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota and Mississippi.[9] De La Fuente ultimately received over 33,136 votes in the general election, earning him 0.02% of the total popular vote. He failed to win any electoral votes. In the popular vote De La Fuente placed eighth overall, behind the Democratic Party's Hillary Clinton, Republican Party's Donald Trump, Libertarian Party's Gary Johnson, Green Party's Jill Stein, independent Evan McMullin, Constitution Party's Darrell Castle, and Party for Socialism and Liberation's Gloria LaRiva.[10]

On May 9, 2017, De La Fuente and Stein dismissed their lawsuit against the State of Oklahoma. The focus of the lawsuit was the state's high requirement for petitions, but it was dismissed after Oklahoma eased their requirements.[11] In February of 2018, De La Fuente would go on to win two more court cases slightly easing ballot access requirements in Virginia and Washington.[12][13]

2016 Senate campaign[edit]

On June 20, 2016, De La Fuente paid the $10,440 qualifying fee to run for the Democratic nomination of the 2016 Senate election in Florida to decide the Democratic nominee for the Senate seat occupied by Republican Marco Rubio. He competed with Patrick Murphy, Alan Grayson, Pam Keith, and Reginald Luster for the nomination.[14][15] Murphy won the nomination; De La Fuente came in fourth-place out of five candidates, receiving 60,606 votes (5.38% of the overall vote).

2017 New York City mayoral campaign[edit]

Excerpt from De La Fuente's mayoral campaign material

De La Fuente ran for Mayor of New York City in the 2017 mayoral election. Upon announcing his intention to enter the race, De La Fuente claimed that private polling data shows him defeating Republican candidates Paul Massey and Michel Faulkner.[16]

De La Fuente's candidacy ran into problems with his lack of residency.[17]

On March 28, De La Fuente participated in a debate hosted by the Reform Party of New York State (which is not affiliated with the Reform Party of the United States of America) alongside five other mayoral contenders (Kevin Coenen, Mike Tolkin, independent Bo Dietl, Democratic challenger Sal Albanese and Republican Faulkner).[18]

De La Fuente intended to make homelessness and affordable housing the central focuses of his campaign.[19]

During his campaign, De La Fuente received $600,000 in campaign loans from the New York City Campaign Finance Board. As of July 31, this meant that his campaign had received the second-greatest amount of any campaign in the 2017 mayoral race, behind only Paul Massey, who had received $1,610,000.[20]

After the suspension of both Michel Faulkner's and Paul Massey's campaigns, De La Fuente was the only remaining opponent to Nicole Malliotakis in the Republican Primary. However, two Malliotakis supporters, with the blessing of her campaign, filed objections to De La Fuente's ballot petition signatures. They argued that hundreds of De La Fuente's signatures were forged. On August 1, the New York City Board of Elections ruled against De La Fuente and in favor of the Malliotakis supporters (Bryan Jung and James Thompson), thus effectively ending De La Fuente's candidacy for the Republican nomination and leaving Malliotakis unopposed for the nomination.[21][22]

2018 Senate campaigns[edit]

On February 26, 2018 De La Fuente filed to run for the 2018 Senate election in California under the Republican Party to unseat incumbent Dianne Feinstein,[23] but failed in the June 5 primary. He came ninth place out of a field of 35, garnering 135,109 votes for 2% of the total.[24] In a primary system where only the top two make it to the final ballot, this ended his candidacy.

De La Fuente has also filed to run in the Republican primaries for U.S. Senate in Florida,[25] Hawaii,[26] Minnesota,[27] Vermont,[28] Washington,[29] Wyoming,[30] and Delaware.[31] He says that he is running in so many places "to prove just how ludicrous the election process has become",[32] although some commentators express doubt about that explanation.[33]

2020 presidential campaign[edit]

De La Fuente has said that he intends to again seek the Democratic Party nomination in the 2020 presidential election.[34]

Electoral history[edit]

Presidential elections[edit]

2016 Democratic presidential primaries[35]
Candidate Votes %
Hillary Clinton 16,917,853 55.23
Bernie Sanders 13,210,550 43.13
Martin O'Malley 110,423 0.36
Uncommitted 101,481 0.33
Rocky De La Fuente 67,468 0.22
No Preference 50,990 0.17
scattering 48,576 0.16
Willie Wilson 25,796 0.08
Paul T. Farrell, Jr. 21,694 0.07
Keith Russell Judd 20,305 0.07
Michael Steinberg 20,126 0.07
Henry Hewes 11,062 0.04
John Wolfe Jr. 7,369 0.02
Star Locke 5,202 0.02
Steve Burke 4,893 0.02
Lawrence "Larry Joe" Cohen 2,407 0.01
Calvis L. Hawes 2,017 0.01
James Valentine 1,726 0.01
Uninstructed Delegation 1,488 0.00
Jon Adams 486 0.00
Vermin Supreme 268 0.00
Mark Stewart 236 0.00
David John Thistle 226 0.00
Graham Schwass 143 0.00
Lloyd Thomas Kelso 46 0.00
Mark Stewart Greenstein 41 0.00
Eric Elbot 36 0.00
William D. French 29 0.00
Edward T. O'Donnell, Jr. 26 0.00
David Formhals (write-in) 25 0.00
Robert Lovitt 22 0.00
William H. McGaughey, Jr. 19 0.00
Edward Sonnino 17 0.00
Steven Roy Lipscomb 15 0.00
Sam Sloan 15 0.00
Brock C. Hutton 14 0.00
Andrew Daniel "Andy" Basiago (write-in) 13 0.00
Raymond Michael Moroz 8 0.00
Richard Lyons Weil 8 0.00
Ignació León Nuñez (write-in) 6 0.00
Willie Felix Carter (write-in) 3 0.00
Brian James O'Neill, II (write-in) 2 0.00
Doug Terry (write-in) 1 0.00
Kevin Michael Moreau (write-in) 0 0.00
Total 30,633,131 100.00
United States presidential election, 2016[36][37]
Presidential candidate Party Popular vote Electoral vote Vice-presidential candidate
Count Percentage Projected Actual
Donald Trump Republican 62,984,828 45.93 306 304 Mike Pence
Hillary Clinton Democratic 65,853,514 48.02 232 227 Tim Kaine
Gary Johnson Libertarian 4,489,235 3.27 0 0 Bill Weld
Jill Stein Green 1,457,226 1.06% 0 0 Ajamu Baraka
Evan McMullin Independent 732,273 0.53% 0 0 Mindy Finn
Darrell Castle Constitution 203,091 0.15%' 0 0 Scott Bradley
Gloria La Riva Socialism and Liberation 74,405 0.05% 0 0 Eugene Puryear
Rocky De La Fuente American Delta and Reform 33,136 0.02 0 0 Michael Steinberg
Other 1,297,332 0.93 0 7 Other
Total 137,125,040 100.00 538 538 Total

U.S. Senate elections[edit]

2016 Florida Democratic Senate Primary election results[38]
Candidate Votes %
Patrick Murphy 663,236 58.92
Alan Grayson 199,412 17.72
Pam Keith 173,283 15.40
Rocky De La Fuente 60,606 5.38
Reginald Luster 29,039 2.58
Total 1,125,576 100.00
United States Senate election in California, 2018 nonpartisan blanket primary results[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dianne Feinstein (incumbent) 2,892,230 44.1
Democratic Kevin de León 790,257 12.1
Republican James P. Bradley 548,692 8.4
Republican Arun K. Bhumitra 261,758 5.3
Republican Paul A. Taylor 242,799 5.0
Republican Erin Cruz 196,430 4.0
Republican Tom Palzer 150,904 3.1
Republican Rocky De La Fuente 135,209 2.2
Democratic Alison Hartson 100,817 2.1
Democratic Pat Harris 88,892 1.8
Republican John "Jack" Crew 70,642 1.4
Republican Kevin Mottus 66,168 1.4
Republican Patrick Little 65,387 1.3
Republican Jerry Joseph Laws 51,368 1.0
Libertarian Derrick Michael Reid 43,007 0.9
Democratic Adrienne Nicole Edwards 39,718 0.8
Democratic Douglas Howard Pierce 30,346 0.6
Republican Mario Nabliba 30,010 0.6
Democratic Donnie O. Turner 22,180 0.5
Democratic David Hildebrand 21,573 0.4
Democratic Herbert G. Peters 19,602 0.4
No party preference David Moore 17,746 0.4
No party preference Ling Ling Shi 17,621 0.4
Peace and Freedom John Thompson Parker 15,635 0.3
No party preference Lee Olson 15,141 0.3
Democratic Gerald Plummer 13,493 0.3
No party preference Jason M. Hanania 13,195 0.3
No party preference Don J. Grundmann 11,016 0.2
No party preference Colleen Shea Fernald 10,117 0.2
No party preference Rash Bihari Ghosh 8,625 0.2
No party preference Tim Gildersleeve 6,187 0.1
No party preference Michael Fahmy Girgis 2,205 0.0
Democratic Seelam Prabhakar Reddy (write-in)
No party preference Ursula M. Schilling (write-in)
Green Michael V. Ziesing (write-in)
Total votes 4,882,548 100.0


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