Former NH GOP Head Wayne MacDonald is Named Messner Campaign Chairman


Former NH GOP Head Wayne MacDonald is Named Messner Campaign Chairman

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BEDFORD, NH – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner has named New Hampshire GOP stalwart Wayne MacDonald as Campaign Chairman.

“Wayne’s experience and commitment to advancing Republican values make him an invaluable ally as we work to bring common sense and conservative values back to the United States Senate,” says Messner.

A successful businessman, veteran, proud father and patriot, Messner is running to defeat career politician Jeanne Shaheen to represent New Hampshire in Washington.

“I stand with Corky Messner on issues critical to our state’s Republicans,” says MacDonald. “His leadership skills and experience as an entrepreneur have convinced me he is the candidate who can marshall the resources to mount a successful effort to regain New Hampshire’s Senate seat and become our next U.S. Senator.”

MacDonald most recently served as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party in the latter half of 2018, when as vice-chair he moved to the top spot upon the resignation of then-chair Jeanie Forrester. He previously served as party chair from 2011-2013 and held the position for several months in 2006. As party leader at all three points, MacDonald worked to significantly improve the state party’s financial health and strategically support candidates all across the Republican ticket.

He also chaired former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s presidential campaign in the Granite State in 2015-16.


About Bryant “Corky” Messner
Raised in a blue-collar family in Altoona, PA, Bryant “Corky” Messner attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he played football and prepared for military service. Upon earning the Army Ranger tab and graduating in 1979, he served in West Germany, witnessing firsthand the specter of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Following his military service, he attended University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and went on to found the law firm Messner Reeves LLP, which today includes more than 100 lawyers, 200 employees and offices in nine cities. 

Messner is a strong conservative, and remains passionate about giving back to the country that has offered him the opportunity to live the American Dream. His continued public service includes involvement with various non-profit organizations, including the Wentworth Watershed Association, the Army West Point Athletic Association, the U.S. Army Ranger Association, the Rise School Denver, and the Messner Foundation, which works to cultivate the next generation of business and community leaders.

A father of three, Messner’s two sons are West Point Cadets and his daughter is preparing to attend medical school. He resides in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

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