On Thursday, it was announced that retired U.S. Army Brigadier Gen. Greg Zanetti, who is running as a Republican for New Mexico governor, was launching a new digital campaign about his experience for the job compared to rival candidate Mark Ronchetti, a former weatherman, who just jumped into the race.
The campaign is focused on a newly launched video called “General or Weatherman?” The ad states that “These are serious times that need serious conservative leadership.” The ad goes on, with a narrator saying, “General Zanetti served our country and kept us safe, then he built a successful business right here in New Mexico.”
The ad continues, “Mark Ronchetti spent his career as a weatherman. He has no executive or business experience. In these serious times, who can New Mexicans really trust to move our state forward?”
“There is a clear contrast between Republican candidates for governor of New Mexico and our new digital campaign highlights that fact,” said Greg Zanetti.
“I like Mark Ronchetti and I voted for him for U.S. Senate in 2020, but this is an executive job that requires executive experience. With a crisis at the border, a struggling economy, rising crime and a failing education system, New Mexicans cannot afford to elect a governor without any business, financial or executive understanding who would need on-the-job training, much like our current governor. Experience matters and voters ought to ask themselves, ‘Who can New Mexico Republicans really trust to move our state forward, a weatherman or a general?’”
Whoever becomes the nominee will face off against scandal-ridden incumbent Democrat Gov. Lujan Grisham in the general election. Other Republican candidates in the race include 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, and former Gary Johnson staffer Tim Walsh Note: These candidates have been listed in alphabetical order.