Former VA Medical Director/ Congressional Candidate and Prominent State Senator Endorse Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Corky Messner


Former VA Medical Director/Congressional Candidate and Prominent State Senator Endorse Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Corky Messner

Key Salem-Windham Republicans & Community Leaders Also Sign On to the Campaign

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BEDFORD, NH –  Dr. Stewart Levenson, who went public with charges of substandard care at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Manchester, and who ran for New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District seat in 2018, has endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner.

Also endorsing Messner is State Senator Ruth Ward (Stoddard-District 8), a retired nurse practitioner who has long been active in state Republican circles, along with four Republicans and community leaders from the Republican-heavy Salem-Windham area.

“I am so thankful to have the support of these leading Granite Staters,” says Messner. “They bring experience and expertise that will surely help my efforts to oust career politician Jeanne Shaheen.”

“We must regain New Hampshire’s Senate seat, and elect someone with values and vision that reflect our state’s tradition of conservativism,” says Levenson. “Corky is our best hope to elect someone who truly represents the people of New Hampshire.”

Dr. Levenson, a rheumatologist, was Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the VA Medical Center when, in 2017, he made headlines with allegations of substandard care of patients at the hospital. His actions resulted in the dismissal of several administrators and helped make possible $30 million in funding to improve the facility.

In 2018, he narrowly lost the primary race to become the GOP nominee for the House seat ultimately retained by Democrat Annie Kuster.

Ward has served as a State Senator since 2016. Born in Sweden, her parents were Baptist missionaries and raised their children in China, until the Communist Revolution (Ward’s father was killed by a Chinese Communist). Years after the family returned to Europe, Ward came to the U.S. through an exchange program, earned nursing degrees from Fitchburg State University and Boston University, and married and raised a family in Lincoln, MA. She moved to Stoddard in 1995 following the death of her husband and her remarriage to former Boston television meteorologist Fred Ward.

“I believe Corky Messner has the talent and tenacity to mount a successful campaign against Jeanne Shaheen,” says Ward. “We need him in the U.S. Senate, especially as we recover from this critical time in our nation’s history.”

Also endorsing Messner are four supporters from the Salem-Windham area, a longtime Republican stronghold:

Julie Weymouth is co-founder and executive director of the Homeland Heroes Foundation, headquartered in Salem, which is dedicated to serving military personnel in need. Weymouth is committed to assisting veterans reintegrate into civilian life and helping them navigate the challenges that lie before them.

State Representative Walter Kolodziej of Windham (Rockingham-District 7) is a Marine Corps veteran who once supported House Speaker Bill O’Brien until O’Brien dropped from the race for the GOP nomination.

Everett McBride, State Representative from Salem (District 8), has served many years on the town’s budget committee and 25 years on the Salem Board of Selectmen. He is its current chairman.

Rounding out the endorsements is State Representative Edward “Ed” DeClercq of Salem (District 8). He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and is also active on local boards and committees.

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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