WOLFEBORO — The founder of a national corporate law firm based in Denver became the third Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Wednesday.
Bryant “Corky” Messner of Wolfeboro said in his two-minute announcement video that he would be a strong defender of President Trump and provide a sharp contrast to what he called the “far-left policies” of U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
The announcement ended an exploratory period that lasted for several months.
‘“I am running for United States Senate to protect the American Dream by standing up to the far-left policies of career politicians like Jeanne Shaheen. New Hampshire deserves a United States Senator who shares our values and puts our people before their own political aspirations,” Messner said in a statement.
“In the Senate I will support President Trump’s conservative policies, fight back against the Democrats’ growing socialist agenda, and unify the Republican Party here in New Hampshire. I am grateful for and humbled by the warm reception I’ve received these past few months, and excited for the campaign ahead.”
An Altoon, Pa., native, Messner said he left home at 17 to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he played football and prepared for military service.
Messner became an Army Ranger and served abroad during the Cold War guarding the Berlin Wall.
After his military service, Messner attended law school at the University of Denver. He went on to found the law firm Messner Reeves LLP and grow that business to more than 100 lawyers, 200 employees and offices in nine cities.
The firm has represented some of the nation’s leading corporate clients in a variety of industries.
Messner said his two sons are West Point Cadets and his daughter is preparing to attend medical school.
In the community, Messner has worked with non-profit organizations including the Wentworth Watershed Association in Wolfeboro.
Messner joins former House Speaker Bill O’Brien of Nashua and retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc of Stratham in the GOP primary.
Corey Lewandowski of Windham, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager in 2016, said he’s seriously exploring a run and many observers expect he’ll enter the race as well.
Shaheen has already announced she’ll seek a third, six-year term in 2020.
Josh Marcus-Blank, a New Hampshire Democratic Party spokesman, predicted the GOP fight will be a bitter one.
“Right after Corey Lewandowski declared that he wanted to clear the Republican primary field, a self-funding millionaire joins the race, promising to spend millions on his Trump-like vanity project of a campaign,” Marcus-Blank said in a statement.
“This is a nasty GOP primary between candidates united in their devotion to Trump and set on ending health care for thousands of Granite Staters, taking away a woman’s right to choose, and undoing critical protections for our air and water, and it’s only getting worse as more candidates join the field.”