Thanks to a moment of truth, Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Ronchetti doesn’t have former President Donald Trump in his corner. That makes Ronchetti one fortunate flip-flopping politician.

A Trump-backed candidate for governor of New Mexico has as much chance of winning as Herschel Walker does of being named America’s father of the year.

Ronchetti once lampooned Trump during a public event at the University of New Mexico. Ronchetti’s relevant commentary lasted only 14 seconds, but it kept Trump at bay, and it still reverberates after three years.

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