Diner Replaces Plaque For Disgraced Politician John Edwards With… RuPaul

The Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, NH, is one of the most popular stops for presidential candidates.

The Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, NH, is one of the most popular stops for presidential candidates during the New Hampshire Primary.

My fascination with the New Hampshire Primary began 24 years ago after chasing Vice President Dan Quayle around the Food Court at the Pheasant Lane Mall.

Six primaries later, I’ve been trailing presidential candidates around more upscale restaurants and diners (classier than the Food Court) for New Hampshire Magazine.

Here’s a fascinating tidbit that didn’t make the final edit.

The Red Arrow Diner, a popular haunt of local celebs like Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman, honors its most famous customers with commemorative plaques screwed to the booths and countertops. You can plop your rear end on the same barstool as the Bare Naked Ladies or Rudy Giuliani!

But now, fans of former Democratic Vice Presidential nominee John Edwards no longer have a shrine to worship. When the Red Arrow ripped up its countertops during its fall 2015 renovations, the Edwards plaque mysteriously disappeared.

Might it have something to do with Edwards cheating on his wife Elizabeth while she had cancer and then illegally using political donations to pay off his mistress?

I bet all the “Bill Cosby Sat Here” plaques around the country are also disappearing.

One of the new breakfast counter plaques is dedicated to RuPaul, the gender-bending singer and reality TV star, who ran for president in 2012 as a skit on his show. The entertainer showed up as his male persona and gleefully reminded diners that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson wore wigs.

Red Arrow waitress Elaine Boule embraces entertainer RuPaul during the 2012 election. Boule, who's met several Presidents at the diner, says RuPaul has been her favorite visitor by far. (Photo courtesy of Elaine Boule)

Red Arrow waitress Elaine Boule embraces entertainer RuPaul during the 2012 election. Boule, who’s met several Presidents at the diner, says RuPaul has been her favorite visitor by far. (Photo courtesy of Elaine Boule)

Donald Trump recently had an unpleasant experience at the Red Arrow, where a heckler yelled “Enjoy your burger, racist!”

I wonder if he’ll get a plaque?

Can’t get enough diner talk? Listen in on this AMAZING diner conversation with me and NHPR’s Virginia Prescott, host of “Word of Mouth.”

 

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