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.