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State Rep. Kim Rice, Major GOP Activist Mark Vincent, and 16-Term Rep. Ken Weyler Among Latest Messner Endorsers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2020

Other supporters include longtime GOP loyalists, office-holders, and candidates

Contact: Carmelle Druchniak at carmelle@corkyforsenate.com

Bedford, N.H. – State Rep. Kim Rice of Hudson, GOP activist Mark Vincent, and 16-term State Rep. Kenneth Weyler have announced their endorsement of U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner.

The Messner campaign also welcomed State Rep.Thomas Walsh, former State Rep. Steve Schmidt, Tanya Donnelly, Philip Abirached, Jim Thompson, Bernard Wilensky, and Teresa Wright to its group of endorsers.

Rice is serving her third term in the House and is Republican Policy Leader. The mother of seven, she has long been involved in issues related to family law, parental rights, and juvenile justice.

She was an early endorser of Don Bolduc of Stratham, one of Messner’s primary opponents.

“It has become apparent that Corky Messner is the candidate we need facing Senator Jeanne Shaheen in November,” says Rice. “He has the resources to mount a successful effort to unseat this powerful incumbent, but more importantly, he has a positive message that resonates with voters.”

Mark Vincent, former area vice chair of the New Hampshire Republican Committee and former chair of the Hillsborough County Republican Committee, was an early endorser of former N.H. House Speaker Bill O’Brien, who dropped out of the nomination race and endorsed Messner in April.

Explaining his support of Messner, Vincent points out, “Corky’s focus on individual liberties and economic freedom reflects the common sense conservative values of Granite Staters, and his business experience and leadership skills will serve him well as our next U.S. Senator.”

Rep. Kenneth Weyler of Kingston represents Rockingham District 13 and is serving his 16th term in the House. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired airline pilot.

Other endorsers:

  • Rep. Thomas Walsh of Hooksett (Merrimack-Dist. 24) is serving his third term and sits on the Transportation Committee.
  • Former Rep. Steve Schmidt of Wolfeboro represented Carroll District 6 from 2010 to 2018 and served as Deputy Majority Leader in 2015.
  • Tanya Donnelly of Salem is running for election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives to represent Rockingham 8.
  • Philip Abirached of Windham is a small business owner in Derry and a GOP activist.
  • Jim Thompson of Wolfeboro is involved in his local community and is a longtime GOP activist.
  • Bernard Wilensky of Wolfeboro is an Army veteran and member of Chapter 54 of the Special Forces Association.
  • Teresa Wright is a GOP activist in Belknap County.

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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