Long known for "listening to the market" - Rocky has heard from people at his events, and has been quietly collecting the nearly 880,000 signatures needed to mount an independent bid for the White House.
Here's the press release, straight
from his Florida headquarters:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 - MARCH 31, 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.
ROCKY NEEDS JUST 22,000 MORE SIGNATURES TO MAKE THE BALLOT IN ALL 50 STATES
Click below to find your state and add your name to the Rocky for President petition!
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 tobacco tax increases and innumerable tobacco bans nationwide.
"Regulations have taken a significant toll on manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike."
AN AMERICAN CITIZEN FIGHTING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
Sign the petition to add Rocky's name to the ballot in your state!
Regardless of party, our nation is searching for someone who embodies bold and fair leadership. Someone with a proven track record of standing up to bureaucracy; someone who will take an actual stand in an impassioned defense of your freedom.
Standing on his strong record of fighting against overtaxation and overregulation of the private sector, Rocky has been a strong, consistent voice advocating for the American consumer's ability to enjoy legal products without the threat of government overreach. Rocky will fight to protect your rights - the same freedoms and liberties guaranteed to us in the Constitution, as free American citizens.
The Government already tried it once: it was called Prohibition. It didn't work.
IT'S TIME TO BAN THE BANS!
Overreach and overregulation like smoking bans are killing more
small businesses and jobs every day. Here's the big picture:
It's time we expose the true costs of regulations on the American economy and small businesses.
It's also time we allow small business owners a chance to give their input in the regulatory process. In my business, I've witnessed firsthand the net negative impact of overregulation on the U.S. hospitality industry in the form of cigar smoking bans.
I, along with others in our industry, have spent a great deal of time in Washington fighting to preserve our rights; the FDA is still on the verge of imposing massive restrictions and costs that will drive many businesses out of existence.
ON HIGHER TAXES
I'm proposing a fair tax restructuring program and a responsible tax policy to revitalize and invigorate the working and middle classes. These are the same hardworking Americans who own a vast majority of the small businesses in the U.S., and their survival has a direct impact on their local communities.
I'm running on an Economy-first platform because I believe we can best meet America's challenges head-on, here at home.
Well... ok, not really.
Sorry, another April Fool's gag from your friends at Famous. But we can dream, right?
As much as we'd love to see a real cigar guy in the White House, Rocky Patel isn't really running for President - but he is about to be your new best pal, because we've been in cahoots to bring you a deal that's as rare as an honest politician: