Democrats disgruntled with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders need not worry; there is a third option– a successful real estate developer and businessman.
No, I’m not referring to Donald Trump. The 2016 presidential candidate I’m referring to is Rocky De La Fuente.
De La Fuente is not a household name, but he does have an underground following, thanks to a campaign built through social media and good old-fashioned hard work and self-promotion. He garnered more than two thousand votes in Oklahoma (finishing with 0.7% of total votes) and tallied more than one thousand votes in Arkansas (0.8%), Louisiana (0.4%), Massachusetts (0.1%). In the Texas Democratic Primary, De La Fuente turned in his best performance thus far, racking up 8,425 votes and finishing a solid third behind Clinton and Sanders, while besting Martin O’Malley by more than three thousand votes.
So who is this darkhorse candidate and what does he stand for?
A born entrepreneur, Rocky started his first business at the age of nine. By the age of 28, he would become the Chairman of the National Dealer Council, and would eventually own more than 28 new car dealerships in California. In 1985 he created the De La Fuente Business Park and soon found himself the owner of some of the most coveted properties in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
But Rocky is much more than just a West Coast version of Donald Trump; his is a man who is equally proud of his Hispanic heritage and his attainment of the American Dream. He fought a nine-year court battle over his desire to fly the American flag over his Cadillac dealership. Today, his 3,000 square foot flag flies freely from the tallest flagpole in the United States. During Mexico’s 1982 financial crisis, he opened 11 currency exchanges to allow trade to flow between Mexico and the United States. He helped develop assisted living facilities for seniors in California and has made donations to veterans’ organizations throughout the country. Rocky De La Fuente is, quite simply, a man of action who knows how to get things done.
But don’t label Rocky as a “fringe” candidate, because his stance on most issues is in line with the typical Democrat voter. He is opposed to unnecessary military intervention. He is committed to renewable energy. He wants to create educational facilities of equal quality for those living in disadvantaged communities. He wants to make college affordable.
And there’s even something for the Republicans to like. He acknowledges the failure of affirmative action. He is a strong proponent of vocational training. He wants to restrict federal spending “to provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States”, as dictated by Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. He wants to take power away from the federal government and give it back to the states. Yes, he’s a small-government Democrat who respects the Constitution. Who ever heard of such a thing?
Rocky vows that he won’t take a dime of compensation until the number of homeless is cut in half, or until one million new jobs are created.
That is why it is such a shame that De La Fuente doesn’t receive the media attention he deserves. Rocky is one of the rarest candidates– the type of candidate who clearly loves his country, respects the Constitution, and is worthy of respect and admiration from Democrats and Republicans alike.