U.S. Senate Candidate Messner Condemns Student Activists’ Threats to Disrupt Dartmouth Event, Forcing its Cancellation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2020 

U.S. Senate Candidate Messner Condemns Student Activists’ Threats to Disrupt Dartmouth Event, Forcing its Cancellation

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BEDFORD, NH – U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner condemned Dartmouth College Democrat student activists who forced the cancellation of his campus visit after threatening to disrupt the event.

“Thanks to the efforts of agitators who disagreed with the planned event topic, the mere topic itself, mind you. As a result, we were denied the right to assemble, the right to listen to others’ viewpoints, the right to even express ourselves. Ironically, freedom of speech is demonized at an institution of higher learning, where expression and exploration of ideas should be exalted, not stamped out.”

Dartmouth College Republicans were forced to cancel Messner’s appearance due to the militant stance of Dartmouth College Democrats, who charged that the topic was racist and xenophobic. The title of the talk scheduled for Tuesday, Feb., 18, was “Building a Wall Against Drugs: The Need for Border Security to End the Opioid Crisis.” 

After Democrat students’ vows to disrupt the event, Messner’s student hosts decided to postpone the talk over security concerns.

Said Messner: “Who can argue that the flow of illegal substances across our borders is fueling the opioid crisis which has devastated so many New Hampshire communities and families? Can an open, frank discussion of the challenges we face be so disturbing to some at Dartmouth that they warrant intimidation and threats to those who would host that discussion?”


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 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, NH.

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