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Paul Ryan Photo-Op: ‘He Did Nothing,’ Says Charity President

Charity president says Paul Ryan 'did nothing' at the soup kitchen

Paul Ryan and his team “ramrodded their way” into the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society’s soup kitchen last week, president Brian J. Antal told The Washington Post.

“The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate,” Antal said. “He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

Ryan stayed at the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way back to the airport after his town hall in Youngstown Saturday morning. But by the time he, his wife, and three children arrived, the food had already been served and the hall had been cleaned. Antal said Ryan and his team did not have permission for the photo-op from his organization.

A Romney aide said a staffer was sent to the De Paul Society before Ryan’s visit and spoke with a woman in charge. The woman said it was fine for the congressman to stop in, but the campaign did not contact Antal before the visit.

Antal, who describes himself as an independent, said he can’t fault his volunteers for letting Ryan in, but the campaign “didn’t go through the proper channels.” He said the soup kitchen relies on private funding and its supporters might change their minds if it looks the organization is favoring one candidate or part over another.

“I can’t afford to lose funding from these private individuals,” Antal said. “If this was the Democrats, I’d have the same exact problem.”

Several media outlets have criticized the Ryan photo-op, as it shows him washing already clean dishes. The Ryan campaign has been called “out of touch” by some, while others have defended the Wisconsin congressman. With just 20 days left until the election, the Romney/Ryan is making one last push to win over voters, but this latest effort has, so far, backfired.

Do you think Paul Ryan can come back from the fallout of his photo-op?

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24 Responses to “Paul Ryan Photo-Op: ‘He Did Nothing,’ Says Charity President”

  1. Brian Maple

    Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan have, at this point, displayed such hypocrisy – and, such a mishandling and misunderstanding of the truth, that I fear them both profoundly negative examples for all Americans. Democrats and Republicans need to be able to live peacefully and work together – but we can't do that with politicians like these two trying to play both sides, working the system, and lying in hope of getting as many votes as they can. Romney refusing to disclose his tax returns was the beginning (his father disclosed 12 and said it should be required of all President-hopefuls) but Ryan's exposed stimulus fund requests (during the debate) when he admitted to the "two" letters he wrote Vice President asking for money for Wisconsin, only after being called out on it, are tell-tale. There were actually four (and are available online for anyone to read under the Freedom of Information Act). How about the excellent moderator in the Vice President debate who, kindly, offered Ryan the chance to clear up all the confusion over the Romney "tax plan" – and his refusal to do so? Taxes are of course what politicians plan to do with our hard earned money and so are clearly serious business for any citizen. For him to not be able to elaborate at all on any specifics; to refuse to offer any details on what, exactly, their plan is…is dangerous. And I don't think that we need to go into the fact that he actually voted, on record, *against* American women being able to be paid at the same rate as men for doing the same work. That is just not American. It never was and it never will be. We must move forward.

  2. Sherri Kowalski

    It's not just him. ALL politicians are like this. If you think differently, I've got a bridge I would like to sell you.

  3. Sandy Meador

    This guy is a piece of work. How anyone could be crazy enough to buy into this campaign is beyond me. Wake up people!

  4. Sandy Arsenault

    How about Obama using our troops for photo opts? And Michelle wearing six hundred dollar sneakers to feed the homeless….And Obama' s brother starving in Kenya?

  5. Barbara Spatzer

    Paul Ryan is a pompous ass. He struts around like he's a king and knows everything. Funding for St Vincent de Paul comes from Catholic Charities as well as private funds. Why not take pictures of him going to his own diocese and feeding the poor. Oh yeah, that's right Romney and Ryan don't care for the 47% so don't look for them at any place feeding the poor. How disgusting he is.

  6. Alisa North

    Alisa North · Grand Valley State University.

    this is really low. To take advantage of homeless people for a photo op is way beyond holding a baby or taking a picture with the troops. That is just low because they are too rich to actually serve. I'm so disappointed and this supposed to be the party with the Christian values. smh

  7. E.a. O'Donnell

    Was going to send donation until I saw Antal's comments. Sorry now that I asked others to donate. Thanks, Obama, for bringing us together.

  8. E.a. O'Donnell

    But you're probably ok with Obama lying about Libya – over and over for weeks -pretending he didn't know it was a terrorist attack.

  9. E.a. O'Donnell

    Guess you missed Michelle O's soup kitchen photo op (wearing the designer sneakers). Or Obama lifting white babies into the air to be sure they wereseen on camera. Did you notice that in '08 campaign at rallies for Obama almost everyone seated behind him was black – now they put whites behind him w/ some blacks and hispanics mixed in.