State Senator Birdsell Endorses Messner for U.S. Senate


Other new endorsements include State Reps. Major, Kahn, Acton, Yakubovich, and Bershtein, and Other GOP activists

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Bedford, N.H. – State Senator Regina Birdsell, representing the critical Republican strongholds of Derry, Windham, and Hampstead, has announced her support of U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner.

A key player in the effort to ensure election integrity, Birdsell is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and has represented the 19th District since 2014. She previously was a N.H. House member from 2010 to 2014, chairs the Rockingham Republican Committee, is former co-chair of Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s New Hampshire primary campaign, and was a member of the board of Seacoast Republican Women.

“I recognize the true conservative in this race is Corky Messner. Corky will work with the N.H. Legislature and not against it. Corky has the common sense and the independent spirit we need in the United States Senate,” says Birdsell. “I am honored to be part of Corky’s winning team!”

“Regina believes as I do that individual liberty and economic freedom have made this country great,” says Messner. “She is a true champion of the Granite State and its residents, and I welcome her support as we work to defeat career politician Jeanne Shaheen.”

In addition to Birdsell, the Messner campaign has announced endorsements from State Representatives Norm Major, Dennis Acton, Michael Yakubovich, Alan Bershtein, and Aboul Khan, and GOP activists Nick Gray, Danielle Rieger, and Gary and Lucy Brockney.

Twelve-term State Representative Norm Major represents Rockingham-District 14 and chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Like Messner, he is an Army veteran and is actively involved in local government and community groups.

Three-term State Representative Aboul Kahn of Seabrook was elected from Rockingham-District 20. He is on the House Committee on Fish and Game and Marine Resources and is a member of the Seabrook Board of Selectmen.

Now in his second term in the House, Dennis Acton was elected from Rockingham-District 10. A Fremont resident, he served nine years in the Army National Guard.

Michael Yakubovich of Hooksett was elected to the N.H. House in 2018 and represents Merrimack-District 24.

Alan Bershtein is a Nottingham resident and has served Rockingham-District 2 since 2018. He is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

GOP activist Nick Gray devotes significant time to advancing worthy causes in the local community. He has served for several years on the Exeter Planning Board and Budget Committee and is also active in the Exeter Knights of Columbus. In addition, Nick is a Second Lieutenant in the New Hampshire Air National Guard.

Danielle Rieger of Derry, who most recently was campaign scheduler for First District Congressional candidate Eddie Edwards, has been a GOP grassroots activist for a decade, serving as Rockingham County Co-chair for presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s women’s coalition. She also was women’s coalition director for Marilinda Garcia’s campaign for the U.S. House in 2014 and worked for 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s Super PAC, Carly for America.

Also endorsing Messner are Gary and Lucy Brockney of Wolfeboro. The couple is active in community organizations and will be hosting a Fourth of July event in support of Messner’s campaign. Gary is the owner of Gary’s Barber Shop in Wolfeboro

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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