Unlike many elected officials, Rocky is not afraid to speak out against injustice. As Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah he not only fixed potholes in the streets, he sought immigration reform, marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, adopted the Kyoto Protocols, promoted restorative justice in prison systems, and was against the war on drugs. Rocky did not go unnoticed by national and international progressives.
During his two terms as Salt Lake City Mayor Anderson (2000-2008), Rocky was the only major city mayor to publicly call for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice-President Richard Cheney.
Michael Moore called him “America’s Mayor” after Rocky testified for the impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney during a referendum in Washington State. The Nation magazine called him “America’s Newest Folk Hero” when Rocky led protests against George Bush while the President was in the Mayor’s town.
Bill O’Reilly of Fox News called him a Kook and traitor to the country. Utahans just call him Rocky.
Loved by the progressive residents of the capitol city, Rocky was disparaged by conservative Utahans. As filmmakers, this dynamic of a progressive down-home western mayor living in a Red State intrigued us. We began filming him in 2007 to capture his last year in office as Mayor. When 2008 rolled around we knew the story was just beginning.
And, why run for President?
Rocky railed against abuses of power he believed President Barak Obama was continuing under, what Rocky termed, “an Imperial Presidency” brought into being by the George W. Bush administration.
When Rocky Anderson quit the Democratic Party in August 2011 it was no surprise to many Utahans. His run for President in 2012 was to bring light to the fact that the Democratic and Republican Parties had become parties feeding from the same trough of corporate power.
For more information on Rocky Anderson check out his Wiki.