ICYMI: Messner Calls Shaheen Out on Dark Money Hypocrisy, Failure to Pass COVID Relief on WKBK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2020

ICYMI: Messner Calls Shaheen Out on Dark Money Hypocrisy, Failure to Pass COVID Relief on WKBK

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Bedford, N.H. – Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate Bryant “Corky” Messner joined host Dan Mitchell on WKBK for a wide-ranging interview in which he discussed Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s dark money hypocrisy and her failure to provide COVID-19 relief for Granite Staters.

A partial transcript of the interview is below. The full interview is available here.

Messner on Senator Shaheen’s proposed Clean Elections Pledge:

We made a proposal back to Senator Shaheen. We agreed to all her provisions regarding voting and making sure that everyone legally entitled to vote can in fact vote and we also made some other proposals. I tend to think that what she’s done here is a bit of a gimmick. For a career politician like Jeanne Shaheen, who has received in her career in Washington, DC, we believe over $30 million of independent expenditures in her election. They have admitted to receiving in the past dark money in her election, so this is a bit of a gimmick from her.

And one of the proposals I would like to make to her right now is to take some of that dark money that she’s received in the past and along the lines of her proposal take 50% of the total amount and donate to the Liberty House (or) Homeland Heroes, these are veterans organizations, and put her money where her mouth is. And if she does those things, then I’ll sign the agreement with respect to independent expenditures.

…I am a huge advocate of First Amendment rights of free speech, and my preference in respect to all of this would be that people and entities are entitled to free speech and that there be complete and full disclosure of all campaign contributions….That would be my approach to this.

Messner on Shaheen ‘no’ vote to COVID funding last week:

…Democrats would not even vote to debate the Republican COVID relief bill, and that hasn’t gotten that much attention and it needs to get attention, because in that bill was about $240 million for enhanced unemployment for Granite Staters, and Granite Staters need help, they need support, and Jeanne Shaheen had the opportunity to show courage, and step away from her party to help Granite Staters and she did not.

…There’s a huge difference between $3 trillion (cost of House Democrat COVID relief package) and $500 billion that the Republicans proposed….And keep in mind when the House passed the $3 trillion package, Nancy Pelosi said very clearly that it wasn’t open for negotiation. But if we’d have moved this $500 billion package forward and passed it and helped small businesses in New Hampshire and help those unemployed in New Hampshire, that’s the first step, that doesn’t mean there couldn’t have been additional debate for additional funds that were targeted and that businesses and first responders and municipalities needed.

I mean, let’s take a step in the right direction, and not have this political gamesmanship that you see out of Washington DC. And that’s why I’m running for the U.S. Senate, because I’ll get stuff done for Granite Staters.

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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