After Dropping Rival Bolduc, GOP State Rep. and Party Activist Fred Doucette Named as Messner Campaign Co-Chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2020

After Dropping Rival Bolduc, GOP State Rep. and Party Activist Fred Doucette Named as Messner Campaign Co-Chair

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BEDFORD, NH  – Longtime Republican Party activist and New Hampshire State Rep. Fred Doucette of Salem, who recently dropped his support of rival candidate Don Bolduc, has been named co-chair of U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner’s campaign.

He will share the Messner campaign chairmanship with Wayne MacDonald, former New Hampshire GOP party chairman. Messner is attracting the support of many prominent New Hampshire Republicans as he addresses issues critical to New Hampshire and the nation.

“After watching this campaign over the last several months, it has become clear to me that Corky Messner is the only person in this race who can beat Senator Shaheen,” says Doucette. “He is not a career politician like the Senator and he certainly does not represent the socialist agenda of Bernie Sanders. Unlike some in this race, he has been a staunch supporter of President Trump and is a consistent conservative we can trust. The combination of Corky’s resources and commitment to working hard for every vote will lead us to victories in both the September primary and the November election.”

“As a fellow veteran and a respected Republican state representative who has worked tirelessly on behalf of his fellow Granite Staters, Fred Doucette will provide us with invaluable advice and guidance in our efforts to win the Senate seat now occupied by Jeanne Shaheen,” said Messner. “We’ve long admired Fred for his activism and support of New Hampshire values.”

Rep. Doucette is a Navy veteran and a life member of the New Hampshire Veterans Association. He retired from the Salem Fire Department in 2012 after 25 years of service as a firefighter and paramedic, and is a third-degree Knights of Columbus member. The three-term state representative from Rockingham District 8 – Salem served as Assistant Majority Leader in 2017, and is currently Assistant GOP Floor Leader.

Doucette co-chaired President Trump’s New Hampshire presidential campaign in 2016 and co-chairs the President’s 2020 campaign.


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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