SAN DIEGO – April 8, 2016 – PRLog — Equal protection apparently doesn’t extend to our nation’s political process. This week, the Washington, D.C. Board of Elections effectively waived its deadline for the Democratic Party’s two frontrunners, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. It allowed them on the D.C. ballot even though they failed to comply with the Board of Elections’ statutory requirements. Why is this worth mentioning? Because other candidates have been denied ballot access in other states under the exact same circumstances. How do I know? Because I am one of those candidates.
My name is Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, and I am a Democratic candidate for the office of President of the United States. You may not have heard of me because the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the majority of the State Democratic Parties have done everything within their power to make my candidacy invisible during this primary season because I don’t fit the narrative they’ve embraced for 2016. You see, I’m a minority candidate who lives in the real world and has been successful in business. Three strikes and you’re out!
Now, let’s examine how the Party treats candidates like me versus the candidates upon whom it chooses to confer “political privilege.”
The Clinton and Sanders campaigns each submitted registration fees of $2,500 in a timely manner to gain access to D.C.’s ballot just as did I. However, my campaign team then followed the procedures required by the Board of Elections to complete the filing, which allowed me to qualify for D.C.’s ballot earlier in March. The Clinton and Sanders campaigns did not.
Instead, the Clinton and Sanders campaigns relied on the D.C. Democratic Party to complete their filings; an option that was unavailable to me. Unfortunately for both campaigns, the D.C. Democratic Party filed the candidates’ registration information one day after the March 16th registration date had expired.
Had my campaign made that mistake, I would have been disqualified from the ballot. However, we’re talking about Hillary Clinton, the DNC’s preferred nominee, and Bernie Sanders, Hillary’s unwelcomed competitor who has too much national visibility to be swept away like I would have been.
Interestingly enough, while both candidates missed the deadline by a day, only Senator Sander’s filing was challenged. The same scenario occurred in Illinois without attracting any national attention, but the Sander’s campaign was able to overcome the challenge there.
The D.C. Board of Elections was more generous. They voted not to hold Clinton or Sanders to the standard that was required of me. They determined that filing a day after the deadline was an “administrative error” and that an administrative error should not preclude their inclusion on the ballot.
Why does this matter? Because had the law been applied equally, I would have been assured all of D.C.’s delegates as the only qualified Democratic candidate on the ballot, and I would have gained national visibility and a greater voice at the Democratic National Convention.
It also matters because I was disqualified from appearing on the New York ballot when weather and other extenuating circumstances created an administrative error that led to filing my final documentation one day after the deadline. Please understand that my final documentation in New York wasn’t as rudimentary as what the Clinton and Sanders campaigns failed to file on a timely basis in D.C. My final documentation included petitions containing the signatures of over 8,000 New York voters who supported having my name on the ballot. They were denied that opportunity by the decision of the New York Board of Elections.
While I petitioned for reconsideration, my request was denied by the New York Board of Elections. I was told that the filing deadline is there for a reason: to be enforced. Apparently during this election cycle, that’s not the case if you happen to be Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
I’ve been blocked many times on technical grounds during this primary season. Still, I’ve managed to qualify in 43 states and all five territories. I don’t expect special treatment and I certainly haven’t asked for it. I only ask that the playing field be level and that the rules be the same for all candidates. Had that been the case this election cycle, you might actually recognize my name and know that you have another choice in the Democratic primaries and caucuses. Instead, you’ve been led to believe you only have two. Think about that when you’re surprised to see my name on your ballot or hear it raised in your caucus.
Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente is living proof that the American Dream can be achieved by those who are inspired to pursue it. He has an amazing record of overcoming obstacles and achieving success. From being licensed by the FAA to fly single engine planes at the age of 20 to owning 28 automobile dealerships and becoming Chairman of the National Dealers Council for the third largest automobile manufacturer in the world by the age of 28, Rocky is in a league by himself. He also created a banking network in 1982 to help address an economic crisis in Mexico and established impressive real estate holdings throughout the United States while generating thousands of new jobs along the way. Rocky holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics (Magna Cum Laude) and exudes a passion for his country and for those who seek the opportunity to fulfill their version of the American Dream.
For more information please visit: https://www.rocky2016.com/
Danielle De La Fuente