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"America is already great, but we can make it greater." That appears to be the campaign slogan for San Diego businessman Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente II, who recently set up a website touting his candidacy for president of the United States. Some may consider it a prank or a hoax, but as San Diego has found out, he appears to have the extreme self-confidence to believe he can make it. On the website he is identified as "one of the most successful and prominent Hispanics of the world."

De La Fuente took over businesses run by his father and mother. For several decades, De La Fuente II has been active in ownership of car dealerships, real estate, and banking.

In 1993, De La Fuente II won a $56 million suit against the county and settled for $38 million. Then came a dispute over his Border Business Park that has bounced around like a ping-pong ball. In 2001, De La Fuente won a judgment against the City for more than $100 million. Later, Mike Aguirre, as city attorney, got the judgment reversed.

But there are still a welter of suits outstanding and the city is not out of the woods. De La Fuente II has also been involved in other lawsuits. I could not reach the lawyer who has handled most of the suits, Vincent Bartolotta, to find out if De La Fuente's candidacy is for real.

I did find that he filed as a candidate with the Federal Election Commission. De La Fuente's Statement of Organization lists him as custodian of records as well as treasurer of his campaign. He says he will run as a Democrat. I could not reach Francine Busby, chairman of the party, but I did reach Derek Casady, president of the La Jolla Democratic Club, and Jess Durfee, past county chairman. Neither knew anything about it.

In 1998, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the government agency insuring savings deposits, held a 20-day hearing in San Diego. In a stormy session, the agency flayed De La Fuente for "personal dishonesty" and recommended that he be banned from banking. The agency showed a diagram of the De La Fuente businesses — a mare's nest of cross-ownerships, including a couple of companies in offshore havens. In giving loans to family entities, his bank exceeded lending limits to insiders, said the agency.

De La Fuente said that the agency was "worse than the Gestapo."

An administrative law judge agreed that he should be banned. De La Fuente sued the agency when it blocked his attempt to merge two San Diego banks on the ground that he had been banned from banking. A federal judge ruled that De La Fuente's constitutional rights had not been violated but ruled partly in his favor. For instance, the ban might have been "extraordinary," said the court.

De La Fuente's business interests are in Latin America as well as the United States.

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Don Bauder Oct. 3, 2015 @ 7:10 p.m.

IT'S NO HOAX: ROCKY DE LA FUENTE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. I got an email from De La Fuente, answering one I had sent to him. He says he is definitely running for president. I will call him, and if there is more pertinent information, I will post it. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Oct. 3, 2015 @ 10:03 p.m.

Ask him if he is an anchor baby or was born in Mexico.

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 8 a.m.

Ponzi; He says he was born in Mercy Hospital 60 years ago and has the birth certificate to prove it. Best, Don Baude

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Tammy90 Oct. 4, 2015 @ 1:33 p.m.

Check out rocky2016.com where you can read his bio and see that he was born in San Diego California USA at Mercy Hospital on 10/10/1954, you can also go to his Facebook account www.facebook.com/RDLFG .

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 5:14 p.m.

Tammy90: He will no doubt get some questions on where he was born. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Oct. 4, 2015 @ 8:09 p.m.

Oh facebook account. Of course, how foolish of me, that is a very reliable source of facts.

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 8:55 p.m.

Ponzi: Remember the joke of 55 years ago? A woman with eyes glistening, voice choking, came to Richard Nixon and gushed, "Aren't you the one who was born in a log cabin?"

Said Nixon: "That was another Republican. I was born in a manger." Best, Don Bauder

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RickJHN Oct. 6, 2015 @ 9:12 a.m.

Ponzi you are correct, Facebook is not real proof. Go to the San Diego County Recorders and get the real proof or go to Mercy Hospital. It will be great if you show us the original.

You are on the right track.

Let us know what you find out.

Best.

Rick.

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Don Bauder Oct. 7, 2015 @ 10:03 a.m.

RickJHN: Will San Diego have its own form of birthers? Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Oct. 3, 2015 @ 7:57 p.m.

OK. This is no hoax, it's a joke. With the record of his padre and his local business dealings, he's dead meat in the race before he ever makes a statement. It must be such fun to be rich and so divorced from reality that he can seriously think of ever being elected to anything in this nation. If he started out running for city council in, say, El Cajon, there might be a chance. But president? This is beyond ludicrous, beyond bizarre, and has to be his ego trip of a lifetime.

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Don Bauder Oct. 3, 2015 @ 8:52 p.m.

Visduh: I just had a conversation with Roque De La Fuente. In the past, he has strongly objected to my many writings about him, but he gave me his views. I will have a summation below. Best, Don Bauder

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Tammy90 Oct. 4, 2015 @ 1:41 p.m.

Hi Visduh , Do you know him , have you met him? Have you spoken to him ? Have you seen his bio ? Please do , and I believe you will have a different perspective. What do you think the majority of America would do ? If the final ticket was Rocky vs. Trump. Who's a better choice ? And/or if in the primary you had to choose between Hilary and Rocky what do you think America would do ?

Check his bio at www.rocky2016.com www.facebook.com/RDLFG

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 5:55 p.m.

Tammy90: I have written a lot of negative things about Roque, but if the choice was between Rocky and Trump, I would vote for Rocky. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Oct. 4, 2015 @ 7:53 p.m.

Why no, Tammy90, who just signed on to the Reader today, 10/4, I haven't spoken to him. I avoid car dealers who run operations like his, or at least what used to be his, and sleazy politicians who are a total turnoff. If you think the election could possibly come down to him and Trump, I'd suggest checking yourself into a mental health facility ASAP. Too many Dems will go for Hillary, regardless of the massive baggage she carries.

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 8:57 p.m.

Visduh: The notion that the election will be between Trump and De La Fuente is STRICTLY hypothetical, I can assure you. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 3, 2015 @ 9:13 p.m.

DE LA FUENTE HAS FILED, EXPECTS TO GET INTO PRIMARIES AND DEBATES. At 3:21 a.m. Eastern time on October 1, San Diego businessman Roque De La Fuente filed his papers with the Federal Election Commission. He intends to run for president ofo the United States as a Democrat.

"I am running on the other side of [Donald] Trump," says De La Fuente. "Trump is the businessman on the Republican ticket. I am the businessman on the Democratic ticket." He believes Joe Biden will enter the Democratic race in the next 30 days "because the Democrats do not believe Hillary can win." He says there is talk of John Kerry possibly running. De La Fuente thinks "America does not want another dynasty." That will knock out Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.

He says his name in English is Rocky."If the final is to be vote for a guy named Trump or a guy named Rocky, 90 percent would vote for me," he says, although he admits to being "a long shot." He says Congress can't get anything done, and if he is president, "I will put it on the ballot, not wait around to have Congress wait twenty more years."

His fundraising goal is to have 10 million people give $10 each. "I don't want a PAC," he says. He says he won't take a pay check as president unless he gets 50 percent of of the homeless off the streets. For environmental reasons, "I want to create a Balboa Park, a Central Park everywhere in the country."

He intends to enter the upcoming Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries. He doubts that he will be able to get into the debates until those of December, January and March.

He says that, unlike Trump, "I am as clean as they come." Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Oct. 3, 2015 @ 9:58 p.m.

"On the website he is identified as "one of the most successful and prominent Hispanics of the world."

"Successful?" No, that would be his late father, Roque De La Fuente Sr. Miho Rocky was from the right sperm and egg, and he inherited all of daddy's largesse and life's work.

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 8:13 a.m.

Ponzi: There is no question that Roque De La Fuente II got started by inheriting the businesses of his father (and mother). At the time of the FDIC hearing, he had numerous intertwined businesses. Other family members showed up as owners of some enterprises. The FDIC showed the bewilderingly complex interconnections of the family businesses.

Indeed, a graphic of the intertwining of his various businesses at that time looked like a Jackson Pollock painting. I haven't followed him much since then (1998), although I have done three or four pieces for the Reader -- all but one of them brief blog items. Best, Don Bauder

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Tammy90 Oct. 4, 2015 @ 1:42 p.m.

Hi Ponzi, Do you know him , have you met him? Have you spoken to him ? Have you seen his bio ? Please do , and I believe you will have a different perspective. What do you think the majority of America would do ? If the final ticket was Rocky vs. Trump. Who's a better choice ? And/or if in the primary you had to choose between Hilary and Rocky what do you think America would do ?

Check his bio at www.rocky2016.com www.facebook.com/RDLFG

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 5:59 p.m.

Tammy90: Rocky will have a hard time getting the national electorate to know who he is. He admits he has been "lying low" for two decades. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Oct. 4, 2015 @ 8:12 p.m.

No I won't have any different perspective. I have been reading the saga at that d-bags life since the 1980's. You see character and ethics rarely change.. His reputation precedes him.

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 9 p.m.

Ponzi: It seems to me he will have to get known among voters before he tries to erase his record. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Oct. 3, 2015 @ 10:07 p.m.

"He doubts that he will be able to get into the debates until those of December, January and March." Is that the "December, January and March" in 2030 when a human lands on Mars?

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 8:21 a.m.

Ponzi: In 2030, he will be 75 years old. What the hell: Bernie Sanders is 74. As I said, De La Fuente and I tangled many times in the 1990s. He asked if I am 80 years old now. He only missed by one. I am 79. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 8:56 a.m.

Twister: He says he is working on a "logical immigration policy" that will be revealed later. Some of his biggest investments are near the border. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Oct. 4, 2015 @ 9:39 a.m.

"Hispanics," one presumes, are people from Spain, or whose ancestors came from Spain.

The majority of those targeted for exclusion may or may not have ancestors who came from Spain; the ancestors of many, if not most, of those being excluded were the folks who were here before there was a border, an artificial barrier created to perpetuate the injustice the Hispanics and other European invaders forced upon them.

Inconsistencies like this do not hold up under logical analysis.

Tw

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 10 a.m.

Twister: I checked definitions. Adjective:"of or relating to Spain or to Spanish-speaking countries, especially those of Latin America." That would seem to exclude Brazil, whose official language is Portuguese.

Noun: A Spanish-speaking person living in the U.S.,especially one of Latin American descent."

Interesting (to me, anyway). A Spanish-speaking person living in the U.S. That would seem to include many from South and Central America, as long as they speak Spanish. What if Spanish is a second or third language in the home? Say, a family that speaks one of the Mayan tongues but also speaks and writes Spanish. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Oct. 4, 2015 @ 9:23 p.m.

It's one thing when a "definition" shifts in a "living" language lock, stock, and barrel, and quite another when a word is so scattered by misuse that all powers of discrimination and discipline are lost. "It means what I say it means" is an open door to such a pile of babble that misunderstandings become increasingly likely.

Tw

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Don Bauder Oct. 5, 2015 @ 7:44 a.m.

Twister: Alice in Wonderland got away with it. Best, Don Bauder

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Tammy90 Oct. 4, 2015 @ 1:58 p.m.

Hi Twister, Rocky is an American born in San Diego , his Father from Tuxpam, Veracruz México. And Mother from Monterre Nuevo León , México. His Father was the third of three boys (Raul, Roberto , Roque) . His Mother the 7th child of 15 (8 girls ) (7boys) his Grandmother from his father side ( Sara Alexander) Mexican/American/English. His Grandfather Mexican/Spanish/Native American . From his Mothers side Mexican/Spanish/Basque/French .

So Twister , he's American and he represents the majority of all Americans .

Thank you Twister for your post.

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 6:04 p.m.

Tammy90: How do we know he represents the majority of all Americans? He has to get his platform out there. He is getting a late start. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Oct. 4, 2015 @ 8:15 p.m.

15, how impressive a breeding statistic that is. Crap that beats the litters of rats. Yes the world is f'd thanks to that kind of ignorant overbreeding leading to all the earth's maladies... with that kind of metrics, humanity will be parched and starving to death by the year 2100

He may have U.S. citizenship, but that does not qualify him to seek the highest office. That is ego.

Please, since you know him, tell us about his ego and narcissism.

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 9:04 p.m.

Ponzi: Maybe humanity will be parched and starving to death BEFORE the year 2100. That may be true of Californians, Nevadans, and Arizonans, anyway. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Oct. 6, 2015 @ 10:01 p.m.

When it hits the fan, those states will be ceded to Mexico, and President Trump will have to force Mexico to build a new wall.

It's only logical, right?

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Don Bauder Oct. 7, 2015 @ 10:07 a.m.

Twister: Will Mexico want those states? After all, parts of Mexico will be desiccating, too. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 11:47 a.m.

Mike Murphy: Clowns? The Donald a clown? Huckabee a clown? They are both scholars (in their own alleged minds). Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK Oct. 5, 2015 @ 7:46 a.m.

in the contest of the pre election season, yes.

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Don Bauder Oct. 8, 2015 @ 10:11 a.m.

Murphyjunk: There are some complex variables to iron out this election season. Sometimes I think they may be too complex to become issues.

What about Trump's bankruptcies, in which bondholders got screwed? What about Fiorina's lousy record at both Lucent and Hewlett Packard? What about Hillary Clinton's communications record as secretary of state. Or her overall record there? There is a lot to sort out. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 11:52 a.m.

Derek W. Thorn: Is the teacher on the TV show who makes methamphetamines a meth teacher? Sorry. Couldn't resist. Maybe he is methamatics teacher. Best, Don Bauder

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Tammy90 Oct. 4, 2015 @ 2:08 p.m.

Mike Murphy: it appears you are getting a haircut , why don't you recommend Donald Trump your barber ? The final choice will be for all Americans to choose who has common , logical and street sense .

www.rocky2016.com Www.facebook.com/RDLFG

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 6:07 p.m.

Tammy90: Yes, we need common sense and logicality. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK Oct. 5, 2015 @ 7:47 a.m.

I doubt he would listen, or like my style :)

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Don Bauder Oct. 5, 2015 @ 7:52 a.m.

Murphyjunk: Candidates should listen to both sides. So Roque should listen to you. Best, Don Bauder

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Tammy90 Oct. 4, 2015 @ 2:11 p.m.

Derek W. Thorn : Do you know him , have you met him? Have you spoken to him ? Have you seen his bio ? Please do , and I believe you will have a different perspective. What do you think the majority of America would do ? If the final ticket was Rocky vs. Trump. Who's a better choice ? And/or if in the primary you had to choose between Hilary and Rocky what do you think America would do ?

Check his bio at www.rocky2016.com www.facebook.com/RDLFG

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Ponzi Oct. 4, 2015 @ 8:25 p.m.

They would vote for Hillary, that's what the majority of America would do. Someone here is in seriously deluded. Nobody in the United States, nay, San Diego has ever heard of the douchebag. So even dreaming that he could be on a platform to compete with presidential quality candidates is insanity. He needs to stick to something more suited to his expertise like Postmaster or Dog Catcher.

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 9:11 p.m.

Ponzi: Let's not denigrate Roque too much. He did run a large number of auto dealerships. (He is now down to only one.) He has been successful in real estate. He has been successful in court. Are these important qualities for the presidency? No, but I'm sure weaker candidates have filed to run. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 4, 2015 @ 9:06 p.m.

Tammy90: Rocky better start running ads now if he is going to beat Hillary in primary. She is very well known. He isn't -- even in San Diego, I suspect. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke Oct. 5, 2015 @ 5:58 a.m.

Rocky is proof that anyone in America can inherit money and can run for president. The voters, who are as dumb as a box of rocks, can be led to vote against their own interests so Rocky has chance. Go Rocky!

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Don Bauder Oct. 5, 2015 @ 7:54 a.m.

AlexClarke: You don't even have to inherit money to run for president. May sign up. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Oct. 5, 2015 @ 8:15 a.m.

May safely assume that you don't make idle threats?

Tw

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Don Bauder Oct. 5, 2015 @ 2:07 p.m.

Twister: Idle threats no. Idol threats yes. Best, Don Bauder

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RickJHN Oct. 6, 2015 @ 9:04 a.m.

Hi guys and lady.

I just saw the ABC channel 10 news and decided to do some research on Rocky De La Fuente. Let me tell you something. He looks like a good guy that want to makes the difference, something that a lot of us have not.

Probably you feel really comfortable sitting in your chair pretending to be socially active but you should be more responsable with your words.

At my 68 years I have learned to admire people like him that takes decisions that we would not take.

If he is as rich as you are saying it means that he wants to make the difference and not more money. Something that we can’t say about other candidates.

Stop the bad blood for successful people, if he truly inherited a lot of money he should be congratulated that he knew how to maximize it and was responsible to take care of hi family patrimony.

I don´t know if I am going to vote for him yet, I just know that he is different from the other candidates and that I like his points of view.

At the end this is democracy and people has the right to choose.

Rocky give us more information!

Rick.

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Don Bauder Oct. 6, 2015 @ 8:35 p.m.

RickJHN: Rocky is rich, no doubt about it. You certainly have a right to vote for him -- if he gets on the primary ballot. Maybe you could write his name in. Best, Don Bauder

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petezanko Dec. 22, 2015 @ 5:35 p.m.

Gee whiz, Bauder, if frickin' Roger Hedgecock ran for president would you give him this much attention?

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