DUCKING DONALD: ‘Proud’ Trump Supporter Ronchetti Chickens Out Over Endorsement
Why is Mark Ronchetti Hiding From His Long-Coveted Trump Endorsement?
Former TV weatherman Mark Ronchetti has spent his career in politics tying himself to President Donald Trump, billing himself as a “proud conservative who supports Donald Trump.” Then, yesterday, when his role model finally endorsed his campaign for governor, Ronchetti suddenly lost the nerve.
Ronchetti issued a vague non-answer of a statement to the press through a spokesperson, a very different tone than the exuberant embrace of Trump we’ve seen from Ronchetti in the past.
“After spending his entire political career telling everyone how much he admires Trump and his MAGA policies, Mark Ronchetti must be brimming with pride at finally receiving the long-sought endorsement of his hero, Donald Trump,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico Communications Director Daniel Garcia. “It’s strange that Mr. Ronchetti isn’t proudly touting this endorsement today, given his years of praise for President Trump and MAGA Republican policies. Mark Ronchetti can hide all he wants, but New Mexicans know the truth: he would bring Donald Trump’s policies to New Mexico, gutting public schools, banning abortion and slashing health care access. We can’t afford Ronchetti-Trump policies here in New Mexico.”
Here’s a history of Ronchetti’s praise of Trump:
Ronchetti in 2020: “Mark Ronchetti is a proud conservative who supports President Trump”
Ronchetti’s campaign manager in 2020: “Mark has made it abundantly clear that he stands with President Trump and what he’s doing for New Mexico.”
Ronchetti spokespersonin April 2022: “A Ronchetti campaign spokesman said Ronchetti did not back away from Trump during his 2020 campaign, despite fierce criticism.”
Ronchetti in May: “As you remember, I ran on the 2020 Republican ticket with President Trump. The Democrats filled the TV airwaves with ads attacking me for supporting President Trump. And I never backed down.” [Fundraising email, 5/2/22]
Ronchetti, suddenly changing his tuneon Monday: “Mark is supported by people from all walks of life and all different viewpoints.”