GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Corky Messner Releases Statement Concerning Racial Unrest and Rioting in Wake of George Floyd Death


GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Corky Messner Releases Statement Concerning Racial Unrest and Rioting in Wake of George Floyd Death

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BEDFORD, NH – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner today commented on the racial unrest and rioting taking place nationwide in reaction to the death of African-American George Floyd while he was taken into custody by the Minneapolis Police Department May 25:

“George Floyd’s death was horrific, senseless, and wrong. His family and loved ones deserve swift and fair justice, and I pray for them.

Today I am also praying for our country; I am praying for unity and for peaceful protests.

Bad actors like ANTIFA and other agitators are looting, committing acts of arson, rioting, and defacing cherished national memorials in the name of anarchy and chaos. These are not being done in the name of George Floyd – these are being done to tear us apart.

Justice should be blind and applied equally to everyone. We need to build on the criminal justice reforms spearheaded by President Trump, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, and others.

We need to hold Police to the highest standards of conduct. We also need to recognize that most Police meet these high standards of conduct. The problem stems from a few bad cops, and we need to work together to eliminate the bad actors with swift, decisive action, so the whole is not rotted by its parts.

I call on U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen to resist divisive partisan rhetoric and call out this violence for what it is. The Senator lives and works in Washington, D.C.; her home is just miles from where acts of violence are playing out. It is incumbent on her and all our elected leaders to call on the better angels of our nature, work towards unity, and come to a moment where we can return to honoring George Floyd and put forth a plan that prevents this senseless tragedy from happening again.”

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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