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Pa. woman suing lawmaker over small cake prize

Updated at: 10/12/2012 11:05 AM
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(AP) PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh woman is suing Democratic state Rep. Jake Wheatley, saying he only coughed up half of the $200 prize he promised the winner of a community day cake-baking contest.

Fifty-five-year-old Democrat Denise Robinson says the dispute isn’t about the $100, it’s about the principle.

The paralegal says, "If my state rep will breach a contract for $200, then what is he doing for $200,000."

Wheatley tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/Q5biLZ ) that the whole thing is a misunderstanding.

Wheatley acknowledges fliers for the Sept. 8 event tout a $200 prize, but says contestants were told the prize would depend on the number of entrants who paid $10 each. He says the prize was smaller because fewer people entered than expected.

Robinson says Wheatley should honor the flier.

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