For Chris Pappas
To the Editor: I know Chris Pappas – who is the Democrat running for Congress – as most people throughout the First District do. We remember him not only for his time in public office, but for his work at the Puritan Backroom – the 101-year old Manchester landmark that he co-owns with his family. We remember Backroom staples, like chicken tenders and mudslides, and chatting with Chris at the restaurant. We remember that he’s been working there since he was a kid, never shying away from cleaning dishes or busing tables.
Even though we know this, Republican challenger Eddie Edwards doesn’t seem to. During the AARP debate, he called Chris a career politician who has never dealt with “normal people.’’
This is an insult. Every single elected position in New Hampshire, other than governorship, is a part-time position. While serving as both a representative and an Executive Councilor, Chris carried out these roles while remaining heavily involved in the Backroom. He pushed through Medicaid expansion and secured funding for Planned Parenthood, and then – that same day – returned to the Backroom to cut feta and chat with patrons.
Chris Pappas is an experienced policymaker and a central member of the community. He knows that people come before politics, and that engaging with the community is the best way to understand the issues facing it. I know that he’ll do the same when we send him down to Washington.
Massabesic St. Manchester