On Thursday, KRQE 13 announced that “meteorologist” Mark Ronchetti, a failed candidate for U.S. Senate against Ben Ray Luján, was quitting his job at the news station to “consider” a run for New Mexico governor.
Although the ex-candidate has not made a formal announcement, his website MarkRonchetti.com reportedly was caught giving a glimpse into a potential gubernatorial bid, showing the site’s logo reading “Mark Ronchetti [for] Governor” and the line, “together we’ll win in 2022.” The website is no longer up.
The sudden resignation of Ronchetti from KRQE 13 appears to give credence to rumors of the ex-Senate candidate’s possible run. Ronchetti has done backflips to attempt to claim he supports President Donald J. Trump. This came after he was caught telling a crowd of George Soros-funded activists in 2019 — two full years into Trump’s term — at 350, an extreme climate group, that President Trump is “the Orange One” who drove him to leave the Republican Party. He added, “I’m afraid that that has taken a part of my soul.”
At the same presentation for 350, Ronchetti appeared to endorse scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s “Green New Deal,” known as the Energy Transition Act.
Previously, Ronchetti called Trump supporters who were critical of his run, “little Facebook trolls who are in their parents’ basement with their Cheeto-stained fingers.” He had never previously voted in a Republican primary until running for U.S. Senate.
After Ronchetti’s apparent loss to Luján in 2020, he did not contest allegations of election fraud in the race and refused to help the Republican Party of New Mexico file a lawsuit regarding alleged fraudulent activity. He has not spoken out on any important political issues since returning to KRQE 13, especially not regarding forced jabs for employment or masking children at schools.
Gov. Lujan Grisham is up for reelection in 2022, facing off against seven Republicans, including businesswoman Karen Bedonie, Sandoval County Commissioner Jay Block, state Rep. Rebecca Dow, Right to Life of New Mexico executive director Ethel Maharg, businessman Louie Sanchez, former Gary Johnson staffer Tim Walsh, and financier Greg Zanetti. Note: These candidates have been listed in alphabetical order.