Corky Messner

U.S. Senate candidate Bryant "Corky" Messner (R-Wolfeboro) will be in the Mount Washington Valley on Friday meeting with citizens. He is scheduled to speak at The Met in North Conway Village at 10 a.m., where he plans to talk about the need to do more for our nation’s veterans. (COURTESY PHOTO)

CONWAY — Bryant “Corky” Messner admits he has no desire to be a career politician, but he believes with his military and business background that he can make a difference in Washington D.C., which is why the Republican from Wolfeboro is running to be the GOP nominee to challenge incumbent Jeanne Shaheen (D-Madbury) for U.S. Senate.

Messner, 62, will be the Mount Washington Valley on Friday meeting with citizens. He is scheduled to speak at The Met in North Conway Village at 10 a.m., where he plans to talk about the need to do more for our nation’s veterans.

Messier, who grew up in Altoona, Pa., attended West Point at the age of 17 and went on to be a U.S. Army Ranger infantry company commander guarding the Berlin Wall during the Cold War.

According to his website, “following his military service, Corky attended Law School at the University of Denver. He went on to found the law firm Messner Reeves LLP and grow that business to more than 100 lawyers, 200 employees and offices in nine cities.”

Messner announced his run for senate on Sept. 4.

“I’m running for the U.S. Senate to help President (Donald) Trump fight liberals and fight the socialists who are trying to kill the American dream,” Messner said in his two-minute campaign launch video. “They’re trying to take away our liberty and our economic freedom. Their failed ideas are regressive, not progressive.

“There solutions haven’t solved the opioid crisis. Illegal drugs and opioids continue to flood across the southern border and into New Hampshire. All we get is double-talk. Cairo politicians hide in the fog of Washington D.C. doing nothing, playing political games. Simply put, they are the foot soldiers of socialism.

“Let me be clear — it’s time to build the wall and stop the flow of drugs. It’s time to stop the Washington double-talk and secure the southern boarder.”

Messner faces at least two challenges from within his own party: retired Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc announced his candidacy on June 24, and former House Speaker Bill O’Brien announced on July 23

There is also speculation that former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is considering a run.

Shaheen is unopposed on the Democratic ticket.

Messner has owned a home in the Lake Region for more than 10 years but has been a resident of Wolfeboro for less than two. It is his first foray into the political arena.

“I’m a political outsider, a West Point graduate, a job creator and I’m a problem-solver,” Messner said in his video. “I love New Hampshire and I will fight to protect our values so everyone can live free and pursue their dreams.”

According to his website, “a father of three, Corky’s two sons are West Point Cadets and his daughter is preparing to attend medical school.”

Messner on his website wants to make middle-class tax cuts permanent; maintain strong national security and border security; reduce government spending and the debt; is pro-Second Amendment and is pro-life.

The presidential primary election is Feb. 11, 2020. All other N.H. races will have their primaries Sept. 8, 2020, with the general election on Nov. 3, 2020.

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