Former N.H. House Speaker Bill O’Brien Suspends U.S. Senate Bid and Endorses Fellow GOP Candidate Corky Messner


Former N.H. House Speaker Bill O’Brien Suspends U.S. Senate Bid and Endorses Fellow GOP Candidate Corky Messner

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BEDFORD, NH – Former New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien, in ending his U.S. Senate bid, has endorsed fellow Republican Bryant “Corky” Messner.

O’Brien made the announcement during a virtual meeting with supporters today, saying he would support Messner since the Wolfeboro resident is “conservative in his core” and has the financial resources to mount a successful challenge to incumbent Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

As WMUR’s John DiStaso first reported, O’Brien stated that “while he respects the other Republican candidate in the race, retired Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc…Messner, in his view, is in the best position to compete strongly against the well-funded Shaheen. And O’Brien said he believes Messner is a bona fide conservative.”

“I am honored to have Bill’s support,” says Messner. “He has long served this state and its citizens, and his record of public service is truly inspiring. With his support, I will continue my efforts to return New Hampshire’s values and conservative traditions to the U.S. Senate by defeating Jeanne Shaheen this fall.”

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, New Hampshire.

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