FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2020
Messner Calls on Shaheen to Condemn Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats’ No-Show on SCOTUS Vote
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BEDFORD, NH – Republican U.S. Senate nominee Bryant “Corky” Messner today called on incumbent Jeanne Shaheen to take fellow Democrats to task for their no-show on today’s vote moving Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the full Senate.
“Democrat members of the Judiciary Committee not showing up for a critical vote on this Supreme Court nomination is outrageous. Talk about political theater of the absurd,” said Messner.
“Our Senator must make clear to Granite State voters that this stunt does nothing but reinforce the belief that our political leaders are failing in their duty. Unfortunately, she will remain silent, since she is a party loyalist and not interested in what is best for our nation or our state.
“Today’s petulant display by Democrats is yet more evidence that our system is broken, and that for career politicians like Jeanne Shaheen, party comes before the people they represent. The majority of Americans support Judge Barrett’s nomination, but Shaheen and her Democrat colleagues are more interested in petty politics.”
Despite the absence of Democrat colleagues, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination forward for a full Senate vote on Monday.
Absent Democrats had placed cardboard cutouts of themselves in their committee chairs in advance of the vote.
“As someone who continues to portray herself as a bipartisan moderate, Senator Shaheen should at least publicly agree this was a childish political temper tantrum that further divides us and makes reasoned political discourse impossible. Yet another sign that it is time for 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.