DOVER, NH — Harvey’s Bakery and Coffee Shop was filled to the brim Thursday afternoon as patrons and members of the media filled every seat in the house to get some face time with presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Aside from a few minutes of autograph signing and some handshaking, the Texas governor mostly kept to himself as he lunched with state GOP Chair Jack Kimball and Rockingham County GOP Chair Diane Bitter.
Perry jumped into the 2012 presidential race less than a week ago, and Ruth Boston of South Berwick, Maine, said she was looking for the Republican governor to provide her with some literature on his stances.
“I want to know what he’s all about,” said Boston.
Unfortunately for Boston all she walked away from Harvey’s with was the candidate’s autograph on a small slip of white paper.
Numerous media outlets from newspapers, radio and television stations from all over New Hampshire and Massachusetts circled Perry as he sat at a table toward the back of the country kitchen-themed restaurant. Speaking softly, the media craned their necks and invaded the personal space of those dining to hear what the presidential hopeful had to say.
Eventually, the media was asked to file out of the dining area to let Perry enjoy his water and some dessert. Out of all the delectables Harvey’s staff cooks up, owner Pam Simpson delivered the governor and his guests a plate full of the bakery’s famous maple squares.
“These were voted best in New Hampshire,” Simpson told Perry. He eyed the treats and smiled in response to Simpson’s hospitality.
Perry spoke with Kimball and Bitter for the better part of an hour, making small talk about New Hampshire-focused issues such as the Right to Work law and job growth. Kimball later told the press the governor truly understands how to create an environment that generates jobs, noting that, since 2009, more than 40 percent of the new jobs across the country were created in Texas.
Perry purchased a white and pink homemade cake from Harvey’s, noting that it was his daughter, Sydney’s, birthday. Before exiting the downtown bakery to make his way to an afternoon event in Pembroke, Perry left his John Hancock on one of Simpson’s menus as a keepsake.
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