Former Executive Councilor and Four More State Representatives Join Expanding and ‘Remarkable’ List of Messner Endorsers


Former Executive Councilor and Four More State Representatives Join Expanding and ‘Remarkable’ List of Messner Endorsers
State Rep. Lucas Also Named Chair of Campaign Millennial Steering Committee

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BEDFORD, NH – Former Executive Councilor Dave Wheeler of Milford has announced his endorsement of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner.

Also joining the Messner camp are State Representatives Gates Lucas , who has been named chair of the campaign’s Millennial Steering Committee, Keith Murphy, Deborah Hobson and David Milz.

Wheeler had supported former House Speaker Bill O’Brien, who recently dropped out of the race to unseat Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

He was an Executive Councilor from 2001-2005, 2011-2013, and 2015-2019; served as District 11 State Senator from 1992 to 1998; and was Milford’s State Representative from 1988 to 1992. Wheeler is the owner of Maranatha Carpet and Miracle Acres Farm, where he grows Christmas trees and produces maple syrup.

“I am so proud to support Corky’s run for the U.S. Senate,” says Wheeler. “As an entrepreneur and business owner, I appreciate Corky’s belief in a strong, healthy economy free of over-regulation, an economy that provides everyone with the chance to live the American Dream. He also is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and understands that Granite Staters need someone in the Senate who shares their conservative values and beliefs regarding personal liberty and individual responsibility.”

“I thank Dave for his support and will look to him for guidance as we work to defeat Jeanne Shaheen,” says Messner. “He joins a remarkable, growing list of influencers who are committed to the campaign and to success in November’s general election.”

Gates Lucas of Sunapee graduated from Dartmouth College in 2016, and will chair Messner’s Millennial Steering Committee, aimed at generating support among younger voters.

“Gates shares my belief in the importance of engaging millennial and other young people in New Hampshire, voters who wield increasing economic and political influence,” says Messner.

Lucas defeated five-term Democrat incumbent Suzanne Gottling for the Sullivan-District 2 House seat thanks to a hard-fought, grassroots campaign and proactive voter outreach.

Keith Murphy of Bedford (Hillsborough-Dist. 7) is the owner of Murphy’s Taproom in Manchester and Bedford. He is serving his third term in the House and is a staunch believer in less government and greater personal liberties.

A resident of East Kingston, Deborah Hobson serves Rockingham County’s District 35, and was elected in 2018. She is a member of the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women.

David Milz (Rockingham-Dist. 6) is serving his fourth term and lives in Derry where he is an active community leader. Milz is a member of the House Public Works and Highways Committee.

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.