Corky Messner

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Bryant “Corky” Messner

Born November 15, 1956
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Children Three
Alma mater United States Military Academy
Occupation Businessman, Army veteran

Military Service

Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1979 – 1984
Rank Infantry Captain
Battles/wars Cold War

Bryant “Corky” Messner (born November 15, 1956 (age 64)) is a veteran and businessman who ran for United States Senate in the 2020 elections from New Hampshire to challenge incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

2020 U.S. Senate bid

See: 2020 United States Senate election in New Hampshire

Republican primary

Messner's bid for Senate has received the endorsements of Sen. Rand Paul[1] and President Trump.[2] The latter's endorsement that was several months prior to the Republican primary election sparked criticism from Messner's then-primary opponent Don Bolduc, who claimed that the primary was rigged against him.[3] Messner ultimately won the primary by a handy margin to face Shaheen in the general election;[4] Bolduc conceded,[5] though openly refused to endorse him for the general election.[6] A debate was previously held between the two candidates.[7]

General election

A debate between Messner and Shaheen over the general election was held in mid-October 2020.[8] The race was rated as a safe hold for the incumbent senator by the Cook Political Report,[9] though RCP only considered it to be "Lean D".[10]

Messner ultimately lost the election by sixteen points to Shaheen.[11]

Political views

Messner is a libertarian-leaning conservative who is pro-life and, similar to Rand Paul, has expressed support for bringing U.S. troops out of the Middle East.[12]


Messner reportedly was accused of domestic violence in 2006.[13] He was also arrested for DUI in 1995.[14]

A criminal probe was briefly sought into a foundation run by Messner;[15] a third-party audit later found no wrongdoing.[16]


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