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Bethel Bakery Savors Romney's CookieGate Gaffe

Workers were surprised when Mitt Romney uttered the words “7-Eleven Bakery,” however, a bakery rep said they’re not mad. Instead, they’ve introduced a deal for customers through Friday.

A picnic table brimmed with chips, pretzels, lemonade, lemon water and a tray of cookies from Bethel Bakery was prepared just before Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Tuesday during his short campaign stop in Bethel Park.

On Wednesday, Bethel Bakery was abuzz following a comment by Romney that had the bakery's fans disappointed (see recent posts by others on Facebook page). Romney sat down with the families, making small talk.

The stickered lid was removed from the cookie tray before Romney saw it and he wasn't informed they were from one of the best bakeries in town—he lightheartedly guessed they were from a "7-Eleven Bakery."

At that moment, a pin drop could be heard among local reporters in the press barracks—especially with those who grew up on the favored sweets.

Following the hour-long informal discussion, the goodies were left untouched, one cup of lemonade was poured—and Romney never got to try the delicious confections.

Julie Lytle, the sales and marketing assistant at Bethel Bakery, clarified the bakery's point of view over what they're good-naturedly calling the "Cookiegate" scandal.

"We're not mad," she said. "The situation kind of blew up, so we decided to put a fun twist on it." 

The bakery is offering a deal for customers through Friday—buy one dozen of cookies, get a half dozen free. 

"We wouldn't take a stance on anything like that," Lytle said. "Next time, we'd love for him to come in and try our cookies." 

When asked if they'd deliver cookies for him to taste at his next campaign event in Pittsburgh, Lytle said, "We'd totally jump on that."

The incident had many upset, including local GOP candidate Evan Feinberg, a grad.  He tweeted, "Huge mistake. Bethel Bakery is an institution around here!" The bakery is celebrating its 57th year.

Editor's Note: The cookies were passed around to reporters after Romney's departure. It was overheard among traveling national press that they were "amazing," and they were.

This story originally appeared on Peters Patch

Mike Jones April 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Shouldn't the deal be buy 11 cookies, get seven free?
lynda liles April 19, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Haha actually they look darn good. I wonder when the last time he entered a 7-11. Oh wait when he hosed down that poor puppy.
Bill April 20, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Maybe Mitt should have listened to his mother when she told him if you can't say anything nice don't say any thing at all. Or don't look a gift horse in the mouth. After Mitt said he was not concerned about the poor because they have a safety net you would think he would watch his words. He keep letting his alligator mouth over load his tadpole ass. He is to out of touch for me to want for president.
Lois Kay April 20, 2012 at 02:10 PM
He was obviously playing to the ladies; stating he knew they didn't look homemade, obviously anyone can tell, and just threw out the 7-eleven as a name that came to his head, as they are everywhere, not knowing of our famous Bethel Bakery. I didn't see anything derogatory in his comment. Glad that the bakery workers didn't either.

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