NYT’s Gail Collins: Ronchetti ‘looking for some way to dodge the anti-choice label. Without, um, actually changing’
Mark Ronchetti’s efforts to hide his true stance on abortion have landed the Republican candidate yet another negative national story. The New York Times’ columnist Gail Collins gives Ronchetti the national media hat trick for political hypocrisy: three national outlets in less than two months have noted Ronchetti’s desperate attempts to run from his anti-abortion policies.
In a column listing the numerous Republicans running for statewide office who have seemingly scrubbed their own records to seem less committed to their true stances for bans on abortions, Gail Collins holds Ronchetti up as Exhibit A of the hard-core, anti-abortion hypocrites. She notes that he is one of many Republican “politicians looking for some way to dodge the anti-choice label. Without, um, actually changing.”
“For instance Mark Ronchetti, who’s running for governor in New Mexico, was “strongly pro-life” until the uproar following the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe,” Collins writes. “Now, his campaign website says he’s looking for a ‘middle ground’ that would allow abortions ‘in cases involving rape, incest and when a mother’s life is at risk.’”
“Voters are done with hypocrisy – especially on issues as sensitive as a woman’s right to her own choices around reproductive health,” said Daniel Garcia, Communications Director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Ronchetti is making national news for his desperate attempt to hide his stance in support of abortion bans.
New Mexicans deserve better, they deserve someone who will be straight with them about where they stand and who will protect abortion rights, and that’s why they will re-elect Governor Lujan Grisham.”
On August 30th, POLITICO published an article highlighting Ronchetti’s attempts to backtrack his extremist position on abortion, and on September 10th, The Washington Post published an article naming Ronchetti one of five notable Republicans from across the country who recently attempted to backpedal on abortion.
A strong majority of New Mexico’s likely voters believe that abortion should remain legal in New Mexico, according to The Albuquerque Journal.
Ronchetti was recently exposed for deleting his extremist abortion stance from his website—instead of saying that he is “strongly Pro-Life” and a “champion” on the issue, Ronchetti’s website now says he will “seek a middle ground with our legislature.” To see Ronchetti’s true position on abortion, before he deleted content from his own website, visit RonchettiOnAbortion.com