Martin O’Malley, move over. You are not going to be the least known presidential candidate on Massachusetts’ March 1 Democratic primary ballot — and there’s an excellent chance you won’t come in last.
Roque “Rocky” de la Fuente, frequently described as a wealthy and colorful San Diego businessman, made a last-minute filing this week with the secretary of state’s election division, providing the 2,500 signatures necessarily to qualify for the Democratic presidential primary. His name will now appear along with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and O’Malley.
De la Fuente, a real estate tycoon, developer, and car dealer, says he is convinced that voters want a fresh face; thinks Donald Trump has insulted women, Latinos, and other minorities; and sees himself as the conservative Democrat alternative. But don’t count on him shaking hands at the South Shore Mall or outside the Boston Garden or knocking on doors in Somerville. He says he will primarily campaign on social media.
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