ROCKY PATEL OF ROCKY PATEL CIGARS TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT
Premium Cigar Giant to Run as Independent on Issues of Key Concern to Americans
NAPLES, FL April 01, 2016 – “I’m very concerned about our country’s future,” says Rakesh “Rocky” Patel, CEO of Rocky Patel Cigars. That concern has encouraged the premium cigar maker to mount a write-in run for President of the United States as an Independent candidate.
“Mr. Patel feels the time is right: with the first filing deadlines still 8 weeks away, he has secured enough signatures to compete in 22 states so far — including Tennessee, New Jersey, all of New England and many of the Southeast and Plains states — and is well on his way to a spot on the California, Utah, New Mexico and Texas ballots, with substantial grassroots support.”
He is no stranger to the machinations of Washington politics. In concert with Cigar Rights of America (CRA), Rocky has been fighting for the rights of the cigar manufacturers, retailers, and cigar smokers who have been subjected to massive tobacco tax increases and innumerable tobacco bans nationwide. This has led to the first two pillars of his platform: a lower flat tax for goods and services, and a “Ban the Bans” initiative that he believes will protect local, small businesses from growing losses due to government overregulation.
“Regulations have taken a significant toll on manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike.” ~ Rocky Patel
Mr. Patel’s bid for the presidency has much more to do with the myriad problems facing the country than the government’s role with regard to tobacco. “Overregulation continues to strip away our constitutional rights, our military is weaker than ever, corporate taxes are driving companies overseas, middle-class income is down, and the debt has put our economy on tilt,” said Mr. Patel. “There’s more concern over climate change than the stock exchange,” he added. “What we need is an attitude change, and that’s why I’m running for President.”
With the Democrat and GOP primary seasons already past the halfway point, Patel will be running as an Independent with the hope of getting on the ballot in all 50 states. His platform leans conservative, but Patel is confident he can attract both Democrat and Republican voters, adding that, if elected, he foresees being able to work with members of both parties and put an end to the Washington political gridlock.
“First and foremost, we have to balance the federal budget,” said Mr. Patel, who was preparing for a rally in Naples, FL. “Federal regulation is way out of control, and it’s almost impossible for anyone to start a small business these days. If elected I’ll put an end to overregulation, and I’ve just completed yplan that will lower taxes on corporations and the middle class.”