Airport Diner bustling with Primary Day action, including candidates

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Katelynn Theodore, 18, first-time voter, slides her ballot into the machine at Ward 9 Bishop O'Neil Youth Center on South Elm Street.
Katelynn Theodore, 18, first-time voter, slides her ballot into the machine at Ward 9 Bishop O\’Neil Youth Center on South Elm Street.

MANCHESTER, NH – Keith Lennon and his daughter, Katelynn Theodore were finishing up their breakfast at the Airport Diner when a FOX News representative asked them if they’d be kind enough to re-enter the diner for a live shot.

No problem.

In return, breakfast was on FOX for the father-daughter duo, who had already cast their votes for Donald Trump.

“We heard he’s supposed to be here this morning,” said Lennon, 51, who is disabled, but formerly worked for Osram Sylvania. He likes Trump’s approach to bringing jobs back.

“Seems like as time goes on the politicians get more and more phony,” Lennon said. “They all have rehearsed lines, like what they’re saying about Rubio and his robotic remarks. Trump reminds me a lot of Ronald Reagan. Back then, they said ‘what does he know about running a country –  he’s an actor.’ People have different talents, and I think it’s time we get someone in there who knows about business, to bring jobs back.”

A Secret Service agent does a security check on a customer outside the Airport Diner on Tuesday.
A Secret Service agent does a security sweep on a customer outside the Airport Diner on Tuesday.

Lennon, from Ward 8, said when he worked at Sylvania, they told workers if they didn’t like their wages, the company could easily ship work out to Mexico for $2 an hour.

“And look what happened; they’re closed now,” Lennon said.

His daughter, who turned 18 in December, said she was excited to cast her very first vote in a presidential election for Trump, getting up early to vote in Ward 9 before having breakfast with her dad.

“If Trump wasn’t running for president, I wouldn’t be voting. I’ve liked him ever since I started watching him on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,” Theodore said. “He doesn’t tell you what you want to hear to get votes, and I like that.”

Lennon said his wife, Linda, who works as a manager at Payless, is going to vote in her first presidential election today, also, as soon as she gets off work.

“She’s never voted before because she said she’s never believed what politicians were saying,” Lennon said.

An entourage waits outside of the Airport Diner, reportedly for Donald Trump, who was one of the candidates lining up for a live interview via FOX & Friends.
A motorcade waits outside of the Airport Diner, reportedly for Donald Trump, who was one of the candidates lining up for a live interview via FOX & Friends.

The scene at the Airport Diner was a little chaotic during the breakfast rush. Secret Service agents were stationed outside the diner patting customers down  with security wands before letting them in. Others were parked strategically throughout the parking lot, while still others were inside the diner, watching the crowd.

Part of the diner had been cordoned off and transformed into a makeshift TV studio, where FOX & Friends were doing a live broadcast. Jeb Bush had come and gone shortly after 7 a.m. and Chris Christie arrived around 8 a.m. Donald Trump had reportedly arrived just after Christie, with a large motorcade, and slipped in the back, waiting for his turn on camera.

“We were going to wait for Trump but it doesn’t look like he’s going to be coming through to shake hands,” said Lennon, gathering up his things and freeing up a booth for the line of customers forming outside the diner.

“She’s my youngest of seven kids,” he said of Theodore, “and she’s one of the smartest.  I think all  but one of them is voting for Trump,” Lennon said.

 

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