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Complaint Withdrawn Related to Messner Foundation, as U.S. Senate Candidate Blasts Democrats’ ‘Political Hit Job’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2020

Complaint Withdrawn Related to Messner Foundation, as U.S. Senate Candidate Blasts Democrats’ ‘Political Hit Job’

Contact: Carmelle Druchniak at carmelle@corkyforsenate.com

BEDFORD, NH – The complaint filed in August by Democrat operatives targeting U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner’s scholarship foundation has been withdrawn.

Messner blames his opponent, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, her campaign, and Democrat supporters for smearing his name and the Messner Foundation “to score political points and destroy my reputation and my campaign. This was a political hit job, plain and simple.”

He noted an independent audit found no wrongdoing on the part of the Messner Foundation, which provides scholarships to deserving students.

“The withdrawal of the complaint finally puts an end to the innuendo and insinuations about the Messner Foundation,” says Messner. “Jeanne Shaheen is not interested in debating the issues with her opponent. Instead, she uses her money and her influence to convince supporters to use any means necessary – including colluding with the media – to gain an advantage over a political rival.”

In August, six leading Democrats in Denver – two of them former Colorado Supreme Court Justices and leading Democrats in Colorado political circles — filed a complaint against the Messner Foundation. The complaint was based on a July 31 story in the Washington Post that included misstatements and factual errors.

“Once other media stories came out, and the complaint was filed, the Shaheen camp was only too happy to point to those stories to encourage more negative press,” says Messner. “They also recruited student organizations to make false claims against the Foundation.”

“But that is the way with Senator Shaheen, who during this campaign has consistently misrepresented my positions on the issues and planted fake news stories to cripple my campaign, all the while nurturing her image as a mild-mannered, moderate, bipartisan hero for New Hampshire. But make no mistake: this 30-year career politician is a real pro when it comes to the politics of personal destruction.”

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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