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Statement from Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner on the Passing of Former AG and New Hampshire Governor Stephen Merrill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2020

Statement from Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner on the Passing of Former AG and New Hampshire Governor Stephen Merrill

Contact: Carmelle Druchniak at carmelle@corkyforsenate.com

Bedford, N.H. – Former New Hampshire Attorney-General and two-term Governor Stephen Merrill was a true public servant and his passing is a profound loss for those who knew him personally, professionally and politically. He was a man of integrity, a true conservative who never wavered in his beliefs.

He is credited with creating the phrase “the New Hampshire Advantage,” — a reference to our lack of sales and income taxes — and believed, as I do, in less government, individual liberty and economic freedom. My prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

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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