Conway teen meets idol Trump

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump signs Zac Mercauto's shirt on Monday in Windham. (COURTESY PHOTO)

WINDHAM — Zac Mercauto isn't just a big fan of Republican presidential hopeful and reality television star Donald Trump. He's also the real-estate mogul's vice chairman in Carroll County and town chairman in Tamworth.

Mercauto, 18, met with Trump on Monday while the candidate was in New Hampshire and was able to get the front runner to talk football and sign his Tom Brady jersey. Brady is the quarterback for the New England Patriots and calls Trump a friend.

Trump was in Windham to hold a town hall meeting at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center.

Trump, who according to a recent Fox News poll is leading the Republican field by double digits, is the star of the long-running reality television show "The Apprentice."

Mercauto said Trump was pleased to hear how involved Mercauto has been in campaigning for him in Carroll County. For example, Mercauto recently oversaw putting up a billboard for the candidate at the intersection of Route 16 and 25 in Ossipee.

Speaking with Trump, Mercauto said, "was an experience like no other; he took a photo with me, and my heart raced. He then saw my Tom Brady shirt and said he and Tom Brady are good friends. I asked him to sign my No. 1 patch, and he signed it immediately."

Mercauto asked Trump to make a prediction on Saturday's AFC playoff game, and Trump responded.

"He said the Patriots would beat the Kansas City Chiefs because Brady is a total winner," said Mercauto.

This was Mercauto's second meeting with Trump. The first took place in September in Rochester. Mercauto said the meeting in Windham was more relaxed than the one in Rochester.

Asked if they discussed having Trump come to Carroll County, Mercauto said the campaign has been working with Carroll County Chairman Billy Cuccio on that issue.

In a recent interview on WEEI Boston Sports Radio, Brady confirmed that he is pals with Trump, but the star quarterback stepped away from giving an endorsement of Trump's presidential run.

"Can I just stay out of this debate?" Brady said. "Donald is a good friend of mine. I have known him for a long time. I support all my friends. That is what I have to say."

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