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Paul Ryan Blasted by Soup Kitchen Owner for Fake, Unauthorized, Photo-Op: VIDEO


Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, blasted Paul Ryan for an unauthorized visit to a soup kitchen which he commandeered expressly for the purpose of a photo op, the Washington Post reports:

“We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations,” Antal said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “It’s strictly in our bylaws not to do it. They showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.”

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

Ryan had stopped by the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way to the airport after his Saturday morning town hall in Youngstown. By the time he arrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had been cleaned.

Watch the video of Ryan's visit, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Typical Rethug pandering and sleazy politics as usual.


    Posted by: johnny | Oct 16, 2012 8:50:23 AM

  2. He pretends to wash a pot. He pretends to have a workable budget. He pretends to debate. The only real thing about this guy is his monster ego.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Oct 16, 2012 8:51:22 AM

  3. This is a cynical photo opportunity if ever there was one.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 16, 2012 8:51:58 AM

  4. Video doesn't match the story. The video is about the menigitis outbreak.

    Posted by: John | Oct 16, 2012 8:53:42 AM

  5. OUCH!

    Posted by: mikenola | Oct 16, 2012 8:56:50 AM

  6. @Jonathan You have it exactly right! Lyin' Ryan is a superficial cynical POS!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Oct 16, 2012 8:57:14 AM

  7. As much as I dislike the man, this story makes little sense. He's wearing an apron that someone had to give to him. Why didn't they just tell him and his crew to leave?

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 16, 2012 9:08:59 AM

  8. Paul Ryan often seem like a kid playing "make believe politician." From his Ayn Rand obsession (a thinker which no one over the age of 16 takes seriously) to his over-sized suits which make him look like he got into Dad's closet to the "boyish good looks;" he comes off as a man who hasn't totally matured. All of his answers in the debate seemed abstract and intellectual versus Biden who came off as embodied, experiential and lived.

    Posted by: David | Oct 16, 2012 9:14:20 AM

  9. The video is about another news story. Had to watch two ads....

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Oct 16, 2012 9:15:15 AM

  10. Have you noticed that Gallup has Obama-Biden CRASHING with women since the VP debate? Bet you have not.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Oct 16, 2012 9:21:50 AM

  11. Isn't this exactly the GOP policy towards the middle class and the poor? Pretend to care, pretend to actually be doing something while in reality it's all empty gestures.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Oct 16, 2012 9:27:00 AM

  12. Markus...can you stop making stuff up?

    Posted by: Polyboy | Oct 16, 2012 9:42:26 AM

  13. I love this. Ryan defends are saying "B..but ALL candidates make campaign stops and pose for photo ops!"

    Yeah, they do, but to drag CLEAN dishes to the sink for a photo-op of you "working in a soup kitchen"? Especially when you're an Ayn Rand fanboi whose budget eviscerates social services? That's some majorly cynical bullsh*t and political opportunism, and really really scummy.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 16, 2012 9:55:35 AM

  14. the spokesperson works for St Vincent de Paul?

    Oops! Any name w/ 'Saint' in it, likely involves the Katholic Khurch Kulture. Better start workin' on your resume.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Oct 16, 2012 9:56:28 AM

  15. This is so funny. Failed pr for working guy.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 16, 2012 9:58:54 AM

  16. i dunno.
    paul ryan fakes working at a soup kitchen.
    hilary clinton suddenly today yells from the rafters that she's the one responsible for the Benghazi attack and to not blame Obama.
    Accusations that Biden has dementia.
    Mitt Romney and his son's ponzi scheme.
    Poke from the left.
    Pinch from the right.
    Push from the left.
    Jab from the right.
    Feel like I'm babysitting my friends 3 year old twins again but I guess weeks before the election this is the new politics/campaign. Maybe it always has been through history. Trying hard to stay interested and not jaded and informed but gets harder each year.

    Posted by: David | Oct 16, 2012 9:59:06 AM

  17. I can't even handle how offensive this is. Paul Ryan is an embarrassment. He is actually a disgrace to the many people in America who are trying to make a real difference, whether through politics, education, arts, sports or yes, soup kitchens. This guy, has built and is continuing to build his career on lies, deceit and 'photo-ops' at the expense of other people and causes that are actually meant to help other people in really tough situations. He should be ashamed. His entire team should be ashamed. This man had zero integrity.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Oct 16, 2012 10:15:43 AM

  18. This is even more egregious than his fictitious sub-3hr marathon. Are we seeing a pattern of truth-deficit syndrome yet?

    Posted by: Phidippides | Oct 16, 2012 10:21:04 AM

  19. I wonder if he ever did an honest day's work in his life. Imagine what will happen if he gets to be VP. He'll run in and treat this country just like that soup kitchen. What a sad excuse for a man.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 16, 2012 10:29:43 AM

  20. You have to give him credit for keeping his apron spotless after washing up all those pots and pans. What a man!

    And did you see how nicely dressed he is? What a Republican!

    (btw, this is sarcasm, sorry Republicans who agree)

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Oct 16, 2012 10:53:00 AM

  21. Checking in with some friends in Ohio and they tell me that this little stunt of Paulie R's just didn't go over very well. If there's one thing Ohioans do not like and can spot a mile away, it's a phony.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 16, 2012 11:22:07 AM

  22. VP Biden had it right: just roll your eyes and smile.

    Posted by: newz4i | Oct 16, 2012 11:36:28 AM

  23. sick pathetic and shameful.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 16, 2012 1:06:26 PM

  24. @ Paul R,

    Yes, yes, yes, the aprons are kept in a super-secret underground vault that only the managing director has access to through an eye-scanner and voice identification! It's not even remotely possible that clean aprons were on a shelf in the kitchen or a stock room, is it?

    Or maybe, maybe, MAYBE, since there was some planning on the part of Ryan's p.r. crew somebody was clever enough to bring the needed apron along with them.

    Read the damned story FULLY next time. He was let in by a worker who was finishing up. Look at how perfectly he's positioned to give just the right angle so we can clearly see the bright, shiny pan he's cleaning, without a drop of water on that pristine apron!

    Posted by: Palmer | Oct 16, 2012 1:31:40 PM

  25. What a weasel.

    Posted by: Miguel R. | Oct 16, 2012 1:40:09 PM

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