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San Diego real estate developer Roque (Rocky) De La Fuente is running for mayor of New York City, according to a March 23 article in the New York Times.

In 2015, the Reader reported that he was running for president of the United States as a conservative Democrat. He got on the ballot in at least 20 states. He claimed he qualified in more than that. Last year, he filed to run for the United States Senate in Florida. He did not succeed.

In revealing his attempt to run in New York City, the Times says De La Fuente may be switching parties and running as a Republican. The Times asked De La Fuente's campaign manager why Rocky is running for New York's mayor. "He wants to be president of the United States," replied the manager, Ray Olsen, who said that, arguably, the New York City mayoralty is the "the next best job in politics."

Rocky's "first problem is that he does not live here," said the Times. Rocky's campaign claims that he was rejected by "an upscale Fifth Avenue hotel and apartment building, the Sherry-Netherland, after he tried to buy an apartment there." If he gets elected in New York City he will have to establish residency there before election day, says the Times.

Commented the Times, "The prospect of a well-heeled new candidate entering the Republican race could further complicate efforts by party leaders to avoid a primary and focus attention on [current mayor] Bill de Blasio."

San Diego has found that De La Fuente is litigious. In 1993, he won a $56 million suit against the county and settled for $38 million. In 2001, he won a $100 million suit against the city, but former city attorney Mike Aguirre got the judgment reversed.

In 1998, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation held a 20-day hearing in San Diego. The agency criticized Rocky for "personal dishonesty" and showed a diagram of De La Fuente's businesses — a virtual mare's nest of cross-owned businesses with family members. De La Fuente said the agency, which was trying to get him banned from banking, was "worse than the Gestapo."

An administrative law judge agreed with the proposed ban. De La Fuente sued. A federal judge ruled that his constitutional rights had not been violated but said the ban might have been "extraordinary." De La Fuente has businesses in San Diego and Latin America.

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Ponzi March 25, 2017 @ 10:26 p.m.

I have always suspected Scott Peters used politics as a hobby. De La Fuente leaves no doubt politics is a hobby for him.

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Don Bauder March 26, 2017 @ 8:41 a.m.

Ponzi: Running for office appears to be an obsession, once it gets started. Maybe it feeds the ego. Harold Stassen ran repeatedly for president. Later Gene McCarthy, a very good politician, got the bug and kept running. Former San Diegan Mike Schaefer ran several times in San Diego (winning at least once, I believe), then went on to run for council in both Las Veggas and Los Angeles. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi March 28, 2017 @ 8:09 p.m.

Remember Pat Paulsen, one of the comedians on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In? He used to "run for president" too.

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Don Bauder March 29, 2017 @ 7:26 a.m.

Ponzi: Yes, now I remember Paulsen and his campaigns. Somebody help me on this: a few decades ago, a zoo animal was on the ballot in a Latin American country. It might have been a hippo or rhino. I believe the animal won in a massive protest vote. Does anybody remember that? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 27, 2017 @ 1:49 p.m.

Ponzi: I suspect you are right on that. However, De La Fuente was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and has always had plenty of money, and maybe he is tiring of it -- and of filing lawsuits. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 26, 2017 @ 8:46 a.m.

AlexClarke: I interviewed Roque (despite our long-time mutual contempt) when he ran for president. I got the idea -- never confirmed by him -- that he thought he could get the Hispanic vote, even though he was essentially unknown outside of San Diego. I tried to reach him this time but didn't get a return call. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh March 26, 2017 @ 9:09 a.m.

This is either a hobby for him as Ponzi suggests, or the man is a few bricks short of a load. There is absolutely no possibility that he could be elected mayor of NYC. If he has a "plan" to use these unsuccessful tries to develop name recognition, there might be a germ of method in his madness. But how many such tries would it take to really be recognized?

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Don Bauder March 27, 2017 @ 1:52 p.m.

Visduh: Look how many times Harold Stassen ran for president, even though he was considered to be a crank. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 26, 2017 @ 9:31 a.m.

Visduh: You and I both know that De La Fuente is not going to be elected to any major position in the U.S. I doubt he could get elected in San Diego County. Best, Don Bauder

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SportsFan0000 March 28, 2017 @ 9:02 a.m.

Maybe he should run in the primary against Bob Baker loi!

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Don Bauder April 3, 2017 @ 4:03 p.m.

SportsFan0000: Two car salesmen running against each other. Except Roque has sold off almost all his dealerships. Best, Don Bauder

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swell March 26, 2017 @ 3:54 p.m.

New York doesn't need Rocky; they have plenty colorful citizens. We need him. Despite the occasional cost to taxpayers, he provides entertainment and distraction from the usual boring business-as-usual here. When I was with the County Department of Planning and Land Use, we found his antics amusing.

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Ponzi March 26, 2017 @ 11:03 p.m.

Amusing, alas until he took a bite out of his adversaries.

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Don Bauder March 27, 2017 @ 4:07 p.m.

Ponzi: He had aggressive legal representation. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 26, 2017 @ 4:26 p.m.

swell: His antics were amusing until the taxpayers had to reach in their wallets and pay him off for a victory. Best, Don Bauder

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SportsFan0000 March 27, 2017 @ 1:21 p.m.

Absurd.

Rocky should run for something in CA where he lives. Or maybe, he can run in Mexico?

Running across the country where no one knows him or who he is with zero track record of success in public office is a fools errand.

Rocky has too much money and time on his hands.

Try getting involved in some charities etc...

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Don Bauder March 29, 2017 @ 7:31 a.m.

SportsFan0000: Getting involved with a charity? Somehow, I can't see Rocky dressed in a Santa costume, ringing a bell and soliciting donations for the Salvation Army. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 27, 2017 @ 4:09 p.m.

SportsFan0000: He once controlled a slew of auto dealerships in the county but sold all but one of them, the last time I checked. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 27, 2017 @ 4:11 p.m.

Mike Murphy: No. But I would never buy a used Cadillac anyway. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 27, 2017 @ 7:12 p.m.

ROQUE THINKS HILLARY MAY RUN FOR MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY. I tried to reach De La Fuente before writing this item two days ago, but he didn't call me back. Tonight (March 27) he got back from overseas, he says, and was able to call back.

"Hillary may run for mayor," says De La Fuente. "She will beat [current mayor] Bill de Blasio." That is one reason De La Fuente has switched to the Republican party. (He ran as a Democrat for president and for senate in Florida.) "I am reaching out to the Reform Party and the Conservative Party," says Roque." I am meeting with leaders of the Bronx." He believes his Latino heritage will help him.

New York City needs someone "who understands bureaucracy," he opines. He has learned that from his battles with San Diego bureaucracies, he says. Best, Don Bauder

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swell March 27, 2017 @ 7:24 p.m.

Bah! No way he could beat Hillary. Oh but wait, didn't I say that about someone else?

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SportsFan0000 March 28, 2017 @ 12:51 a.m.

She still could win. The Russia/Trump connections are going off the rails. Collusion would be grounds to nullify the election in the US Supreme Court and award it to the true winner, Hillary.

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Don Bauder March 28, 2017 @ 7:15 a.m.

SportsFan0000: You mean SCOTUS could void the election? I am not aware of that possibility. Tell us more. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 28, 2017 @ 7:13 a.m.

swell: We all thought Trump couldn't win. We didn't know how many rednecks there are in the U.S. population. Best, Don Bauder

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SportsFan0000 March 28, 2017 @ 12:45 a.m.

Roque will give new meaning to the term "carpetbagger" if he runs in NYC while living in SD. I thought you had to be a resident there for at least 1 year maybe 2?!

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Don Bauder March 28, 2017 @ 7:17 a.m.

SportsFan0000: I don't know the answer to that. Roque thinks he could get elected and take over the government right away. Best, Don Bauder

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SportsFan0000 March 28, 2017 @ 12:49 a.m.

Some people are trying to talk Hillary into running for NYC Mayor.. Probably not the best move.

When the Russian Investigation gets the Impeachment and Indictments Train going, perhaps, I have read, they can nullify Trump's election and award the contest to the true winner of the popular vote by 3-4 million votes Hillary as Pres...

Latest on Russia: Hard eviidence that Russian trollls and computer experts used

computer "bots" to flood social media and the internet with Fake derogatory Hillary stories and tear down Hillary and build up Trump. If collusion is proven, then a whole lot of Trump officials could be wearing orange jumpsuits for a while.

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Don Bauder March 28, 2017 @ 7:24 a.m.

SportsFan0000: Some who are covering this story think the Russians were more interested in besmirching Hillary, whom Putin hates, than lifting Trump. But if Trump associates, and perhaps Trump himself, participated in this illegal arrangement, there would be grounds for impeachment. But if Trump we convicted, we would have Pence, who shares many of Trump's ideas but knows his way around Washington and is smooth.

I still don't know about SCOTUS being able to void the election. I certainly don't think this SCOTUS would do so, no matter how bad the evidence.Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh April 2, 2017 @ 8:53 a.m.

The Constitution provides a means to remove a president from office, and it is impeachment. The popular vote was irrelevant, because the electoral vote is the deciding factor. Just because many people don't like that system doesn't mean it is illegitimate. To change it would require a constitutional amendment, and that would require approval by 3/4 of the states, meaning 38 states. All it would take is for 13 states to withhold approval, and the amendment would fail. The 13 least-populated states like having their out-sized clout in the presidential election and would be most foolish to accede. Once changed, those states would fade into irrelevance at the federal level more than today, and would be permanently out of play in presidential elections. Finally, nobody has yet claimed that vote tallies or counts were altered.

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Don Bauder April 3, 2017 @ 4:19 p.m.

Visduh: If Trump is guilty of illegal behavior, then he should be impeached, and hopefully convicted. He is breaking the law now in several ways, such as blatant violation of the emoluments rules of the Constitution. But more dirt has to come out before an impeachment would work. Watergate took a long time to develop. It was already in the news when Nixon won reelection in a landslide. When Nixon became convinced he could be impeached and probably convicted, he resigned. The same could happen to Trump.

Problem: sociopaths never think they have made a mistake. They always blame somebody else. Best, Don Bauder

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