(ROANOKE TIMES) RADFORD — Just call him “Chris the Baker.”

Chris McMurray had just opened his family’s bakery, Crumb & Get It Cookie Co., on Wednesday morning when he received a visit from Joe Biden’s advance team asking if he’d host the vice president for a media event before a speech at Virginia Tech. McMurray politely declined out of a difference in politics, and Biden instead went up the street to the River Street Grill.

Later that day, WDBJ (Channel 7) reporter Orlando Salinas received a tip about Crumb & Get It via text message. The resulting story was picked up by the Drudge Report and a series of conservative blogs, leading to an outpouring of support online and at the store Thursday.

At noon, McMurray turned down an interview request because he was too busy fielding a steady stream of orders, both from customers at the store and from out-of-state patrons. A little more than an hour later, he closed the store because it had run out of cookie dough. It reopened a few minutes later, but with a sign in the window noting that only ice cream was being sold.

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