Romney's Latest Gaffe: Dissing Local Cookies

Pennsylvania bakery outraged after he quips treats came from 7-11
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2012 9:46 AM CDT
Mitt Romney speaks with Western Pennsylvania residents at a Tax Day roundtable event at the Bethel Park Community Center on April 17, 2012 in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – In Pittsburgh, they're calling it "CookieGate," but fair warning, it's not exactly a serious political scandal. Mitt Romney held a tax day picnic just outside the city Tuesday, in what should have been an easy photo op, if only he hadn't mentioned the food. "I'm not sure about these cookies," he said, turning to a woman next to him. "They don't look like you made them. Did you make those cookies? You didn't did you? No. No. They came from the local 7-Eleven bakery or whatever."

The cookies actually came from much-beloved local establishment Bethel Bakery, and when video of his quip aired on CBS 2 Pittsburgh, it sparked an outrage, the Wall Street Journal reports. The bakery is now holding a "CookieGate Special," and though owner John Walsh, a Republican, isn't taking the comments too seriously, he says, "Let him eat cake next time."

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