Messner Blasts Shaheen’s Long History of Flip-Flops on the Issues


Messner Blasts Shaheen’s Long History of Flip-Flops on the Issues

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Bedford, NH – U.S. Senate nominee Bryant “Corky” Messner today blasted incumbent Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s record of flip-flopping on the Supreme Court nomination process as well as other issues critical to Granite Staters.

“In 2016, Jeanne Shaheen agreed that President Obama should fill a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year. Today, she says President Trump does not have that right. And that inconsistency is nothing new for our senior U.S. Senator.”

In a call this morning with New Hampshire media focusing on Judge Barrett’s nomination, Messner also pointed to Senator Shaheen’s opposition to packing or expanding the Supreme Court while claiming President Trump’s move to fill the vacancy caused by the passing of Justice Ginsburg constitutes packing the court.

“Are the Democrats now admitting they wanted to pack the court in 2016? It just shows the silliness of Senator Shaheen’s political spin: when a Republican President fills a vacancy, he’s packing the court. When a Democrat President fills a vacancy, he’s filling a vacancy.”

In addition, Messner said Senator Shaheen has flip-flopped on other issues during her decades in office. For example:

  • She portrays herself as a moderate, bipartisan Senator, but her partisanship is on full view: she voted in virtual lock-step with her party nearly 93% of the time (source: Pro Publica), despite criticizing her one-time opponent John Sununu for his party loyalty to President George W. Bush.
  • She tells Granite Staters in a recent television ad she is a champion of small businesses, yet the National Federal of Independent Businesses gives her a zero rating.
  • “Her inconsistency and misrepresentation of her record are nothing new,” says Messner. When she ran for State Senate in 1990, she refused to take the pledge against sales or income taxes, yet when she ran for Governor in 1996 and for re-election in 1998, she took the pledge. In seeking a third term, she abandoned that pledge and supported a sales tax.

Messner concluded: “Career politicians like Jeanne Shaheen change their positions as the political winds blow and remain beholden to their party leadership and special interests. We need a Senator who is a political outsider, someone to stand with the people of New Hampshire and represent their interests. We need a change.”

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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