Virginia bakery owner turns down campaign stop from Joe Biden; Secret Service thanks him for saying “no”
Citing President Obama’s recent “You didn’t build that” remarks, a small business owner in Virginia turned down a campaign stop at his bakery by Vice President Joe Biden.
Wednesday morning, advance teams for Vice President Joe Biden walked in.
"I approached her she said Joe Biden is coming to town today," McMurray said.
"Crumb and Get It" is a mom and pop store. Literally. Chris and his wife Kelly run the place and need all the business they can get.
McMurray said the Vice President’s entourage got to the point and made its pitch.
"She said they have selected ‘Crumb and Get It" to be his stop on his way to Blacksburg and was wondering if that was ok."
Here’s the part that might make other business owners crazy.
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime but essentially I said ‘No offense to you or the campaign but I just decline you guys coming in here. At that time she said ‘Are you sure? There’s going to be a lot of press, a lot of activity,’" McMurray said.
Why in the world would a new business owner say “no” to a photo op with the Vice President of the United States?
McMurray said it was President Obama's recent remarks about small business and who built what.
"Very simply, ‘you didn’t build that’” McMurray said. “Speaking of small businesses and entrepreneurs all across this country and actually last night my wife was up all night. No sleep, she’s worked a full 24 hours."
But here’s the kicker… Shortly after McMurray turned down Vice President Biden’s campaign operatives, the Secret Service stopped in for a little visit. They thanked him for turning down Vice President Biden.
Here’s the back story, we’re told that shortly after Crumb and Get It told Biden’s advance people ‘no’ — the secret service walked in and told Chris McMurray ”Thanks for standing up and saying ‘no’ — then they bought a whole bunch of cookies and cupcakes.
McMurray said he’s hoping folks will understand he just didn’t want to be part of a photo op for an administration whose policies he doesn’t agree with.
One has to admire this guy’s audacity. I don’t believe this will be a negative on his business in any way. As a matter of fact, all this press he’s getting will probably be great for his bottom line.
And God bless those Secret Service agents.