New York (SATimes): Oscar contender ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is fiction. Bobby Kalotee’s story is a fact and more incredible. From having lived on the streets in India to becoming a kingmaker in US politics and a successful businessman, the newly elected National Chairman of the Reform Party USA has come a long way. Bobby Kumar Kalotee was elected chairman of the Reform Party by unanimous vote of the party’s National Committee on Feb 17. He succeeds Chairman Frank MacKay. Long Island, NY resident Bobby Kalotee expects the party to be the next major political party, a force to reckon in the US and to have official organizations in all 50 states within a year. The Reform Party grew out of Ross Perot’s efforts after the 1992 presidential election, where—running as an independent—he got almost 19 percent of the popular vote.
Profusely praising Bobby Kalotee, outgoing Chairman MacKay told SATimes: “It is an honor to have him with us. He is so talented and has excellent political and people skills. He has the ideal qualities to lead the Reform Party in the next decade.” MacKay added that Bobby Kalotee has realized the American Dream–becoming the first person born outside the US to head one of the six nationally recognized parties.
As Chairman of the Independence Party of Nassau County NY, affiliated to the Reform Party, Bobby got great respect, Mackay said, adding that Nassau County is bigger than some of the states in the country.
A friend to all who seek him, and a champion of Indian community playing a major role in US politics, Bobby Kalotee has enjoyed a mercurial rise in politics, rubbing shoulders with the high and mighty—garnering votes. He was previously Vice Chairman of the Republican Party, Nassau County. He was actively involved in the election campaigns of President Bush, Sr, and President Bush, Jr, Senator Hillary Clinton, NY Mayor Giuliani, Mayor Bloomberg, NY Governor Pataki, Senators Schumer and D’Amato, Congressmen Peter King, Joseph Crowley, Gary Ackerman and Steve Israel, and many other NY and local elected officials.