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December 03. 2013 8:29PM

Nashuan Silva backs Nashuan Lambert in race to take on Rep. Kuster

Former state Rep. Pete Silva backed former state Sen. Gary Lambert, a fellow Nashuan, for the 2nd District U.S. House seat Tuesday, calling him “the conservative change we need in Washington.”

Silva was the New Hampshire House Majority Leader during part of Rep. Bill O’Brien’s tenure as House speaker. O’Brien has endorsed Lambert’s Republican primary foe, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, and Silva is the first member of his former leadership team to back Lambert.

Silva recently lost a bid to return to the House in a special election, a campaign marked by controversial comments he made about his opponent, Democratic Rep. Latha Mangipudi, who is of Indian descent.

Silva, however, is still viewed as an influential conservative.

Silva said that Lambert, as a state senator, “always put his constituents first, fighting for the middle class above all else.

“If elected to represent New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional district these are the values that Col. Lambert will bring with him to change Washington,” Silva said.

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