Rocky De La Fuente
Roque De La Fuente
Roque De La Fuente Guerra
October 10, 1954
|Political party||Reform (2016)|
American Delta (2016)
Republican (since 2017)
He was the unsuccessful nominee of the Reform Party and that of 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.
Early life[change | change source]
De La Fuente was born to Roque Antonio De La Fuente and Bertha Guerra Izaguirre on October 10, 1954 in San Diego, California. He studied at National Autonomous University of Mexico and studied Accounting & Business Administration at Anahuac University.
Career[change | change source]
In 2004, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued an order barring De La Fuente from participating in an FDIC-insured institution. De La Fuente went to court and the case was resolved.
Political Campaigns[change | change source]
2016 presidential[change | change source]
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 came in Third behind Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
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.
2016 Senate campaign[change | change source]
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. 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).
2018 Senate Campaigns[change | change source]
In 2018, De La Fuente, ran for US Senate in seven Republican primaries and the California and Washington open primaries to show how problematic the current election process was. He lost the primaries in Wyoming (1,280 votes, 1.1% of the vote), Hawaii (3,065 votes, 9.4% of the vote ), Minnesota (17,051 votes, 5.9% of the vote), Vermont (1,057 votes, 2.9% of the vote), Delaware (1,998 votes, 5.3% of the vote), and Rhode Island (3,722 votes, 12.3% of the vote). In Florida, he got 11.4% of the vote against Republican Gov. Rick Scott. He also filed to run for the 2018 Senate election in California under the Republican Party to unseat incumbent Dianne Feinstein, but failed in the June 5 primary.
2020 presidential campaign[change | change source]
On January 9, 2017, De La Fuente announced his plans to run for president again for the Democratic nomination in 2020. He soon filed to run for the Republican nomination. As of September 30, 2019, he had raised $6,735 from outside sources and had loaned his own campaign $10.18 million. He has qualified as a candidate in Alabama, Delaware, Vermont, Arkansas, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Texas.
On July 30, De La Fuente filed a federal lawsuit against the new California law that says no one can be on a presidential primary ballot unless he or she reveals the last five years of federal income tax returns. On August 6, 2019, he filed a brief on it.
2020 congressional[change | change source]
De La Fuente ran as a Republican in the campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives seat for California's 21st district. (Unlike most other states, California has no law prohibiting simultaneously running for the presidency and for Congress.) His son Ricardo ran for the same seat as a Democrat. Neither De La Fuente lives in the district. Rocky felt that his candidacy would help his son's chances of getting the seat, which was the outcome he desired. Neither De La Fuente succeeded in this primary, coming in third (Ricardo) and fourth (Rocky) in a four-candidate jungle primary in which the top two vote-getters compete in the general election. However, on the same day, Ricardo, who had previously run for the House from California's 34th and Florida's 23rd districts, won the Democratic primary for U.S. representative for Texas's 27th district, but went on to lose the general election.
Personal life[change | change source]
De La Fuente married Katayoun Yazdani.
His son Ricardo "Ricky" De La Fuente has sought several congressional seats. He first ran as a Democrat in the 2017 California's 34th congressional district special election. He then, in 2018, unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for Florida's 24th US congressional district. In 2020 he unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat in the California's 21st US congressional district (competing against his father, who ran unsuccessfully as a Republican) and successfully won the Democratic nomination for Texas's 27th US congressional district (where he hopes to become a resident). In 2020, Ricardo was also originally running for the Democratic nomination in Florida's 24th US congressional district.
Electoral history[change | change source]
Presidential elections[change | change source]
|2016 Democratic presidential primaries|
|Rocky De La Fuente||67,468||0.22|
|Paul T. Farrell, Jr.||21,694||0.07|
|Keith Russell Judd||20,305||0.07|
|John Wolfe Jr.||7,369||0.02|
|Lawrence "Larry Joe" Cohen||2,407||0.01|
|Calvis L. Hawes||2,017||0.01|
|David John Thistle||226||0.00|
|Lloyd Thomas Kelso||46||0.00|
|Mark Stewart Greenstein||41||0.00|
|William D. French||29||0.00|
|Edward T. O'Donnell, Jr.||26||0.00|
|David Formhals (write-in)||25||0.00|
|William H. McGaughey, Jr.||19||0.00|
|Steven Roy Lipscomb||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|
|2016 United States presidential election|
|Presidential candidate||Party||Popular vote||Electoral vote||Vice-presidential candidate|
|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 Party||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|
U.S. Senate primaries[change | change source]
|2016 Florida Democratic Senate Primary election results|
|Rocky De La Fuente||60,810||5.4|
- 2018 Senate primaries
|California||Nonpartisan blanket||June 5||135,279||2.1||Dianne Feinstein, Kevin de León|
|Washington||Nonpartisan blanket||Aug 8||5,724||0.34||Maria Cantwell, Susan Hutchison|
|Hawaii||Republican||Aug 11||3,075||9.4||Ron Curtis|
|Minnesota||Republican||Aug 14||17,051||5.9||Jim Newberger|
|Vermont||Republican||Aug 14||1,057||2.9||Brooke Paige|
|Wyoming||Republican||Aug 21||1,280||1.1||John Barrasso|
|Florida||Republican||Aug 28||187,209||11.4||Rick Scott|
|Delaware||Republican||Sep 6||1,998||5.3||Robert Arlett|
|Rhode Island||Republican||Sep 12||3,722||12.3%||Robert Flanders|
- 2020 congressional
|Democratic||TJ Cox (incumbent)||30,697||38.7|
|Democratic||Ricardo De La Fuente||7,309||9.2|
|Republican||Rocky De La Fuente||1,912||2.4|
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