Roque de la Fuente: the presidential candidate you’ve likely never heard of
16 Dec

Roque de la Fuente: the presidential candidate you’ve likely never heard of

Chances are you don’t know Rocque de la Fuente’s name, and that’s hard to believe since he is seeking the democratic nomination to be the next President of the United States of America.

“I’m going to probably qualify for 46 states…just not Georgia,” De La Fuente said in an interview over Skype.

De la Fuente is registered with the Federal Election Commission, but Georgia’s Democratic Party has chosen not to include the man, who is described as a Conservative Democrat on the primary ballot.

Georgia law requires an executive committee of about 50 people to meet behind closed doors to choose the candidates who’ll appear on that ballot.

The approved candidates, the names you likely know, include Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, Lincoln Chaffee, Larry Lessing and Michael Steinberg.

“All I want to do is have the opportunity for the people of Georgia to choose who they want,” he said. “GA happens to have an interesting system. They don’t require signatures from the people, don’t require money, don’t require qualifications.”

De La Fuente said, “It’s a closed committee its the DPG (Democratic Party of Georgia).”

DPG communications Director Michael Smith wrote in a statement, the Democratic Party of GA does not comment on deliberations by its executive committee.

He added “nothing stops Mr. De La Fuente from approaching un-pledged delegates or pledged delegates after they are selected to ask for their support, if they are released from their pledges—something that seldom, if ever, happens!!![sic]”

De La Fuente isn’t sold on the process.

“They sit in a closed room — Good ol’ boys’ network — and they decide who has access to Georgia voters,” De La Fuente said.

He petitioned for reconsideration, but his request was denied, he was told the deliberations are private and no reason would be given.

If you want to vote for him, you will have write him in.

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