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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. How utterly despicable now that we see his children were there. Gotta get 'em trained into the upper crust ways, young, Ryan tells his kids: "I spent a summer washing dishes. We had a Hobart to do it. You would get callouses on your fingers it would be so hot."

    FYI - I looked it up. "Hobart" wasn't the name of the Ryan family's Mexican scullery boy, it's a brand of industrial dishwasher.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Oct 16, 2012 2:09:13 PM

  2. She doesn't like to get dirty. What a toxic queen!

    Paul Ryan is an embarrassment and a disgrace to our country, politics and mankind. He's the Tom Cruise of politics (untreated mental illness!).

    Posted by: M2 | Oct 16, 2012 2:24:12 PM

  3. A politician staged a photo opp? THE SHOCK AND HORROR! In other news, fire hot.

    Posted by: Jmac | Oct 16, 2012 2:57:15 PM

  4. Shocking just shocking- Ryan is a fake ! Wow why do you think Mitt picked him as running mate?! I hope the President gets tough tonight are we are going to see these two fake greedy clowns elected.

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 16, 2012 6:10:41 PM

  5. I get that this is excused as standard bad politician behavior, but this is far worse than simply planting a rumor or twisting the truth. For example, standard bad politician behavior would have been actually working at the soup kitchen for a few minutes dishing out soup, and then leaving but never saying you were only around for a few minutes of work. Or you might say that you remember meeting X fake person in a soup kitchen, and how their story inspired you to do something. Or you might say that when you're in office, religious institutions will be more secure, etc.

    This is a new low, and I assume the story is accurate because what incentive would the woman have to lie? Even if she isn't a Romney supporter the volunteer or others could presumably contradict what she said--but no one has. This is a blatant lie. Not an omission. Not a story. Not an exaggeration. Not a twisting of a half truth. What's worse is that he didn't even have an excuse. This wasn't about Clinton- or Nixon-style self preservation. This came purely from a place of ginormous douchebaggery (for lack of a better term).

    Posted by: Stefan | Oct 16, 2012 10:14:45 PM

  6. The DePaul Society has come out with the news that at least one of the pots Ryan washed was dirty! So take that...you unwashed liberal commies.

    Posted by: chuck | Oct 16, 2012 10:30:48 PM

  7. Unbelievably disturbing, unethical, and sick.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Oct 17, 2012 12:16:52 AM

  8. @ Paul R,

    If you ever volunteered at a soup kitchen you know that the person who is in charge in the kitchen is just a chef, they don't have fancy security because, yes, you guessed it (or maybe not) its a soup kitchen!

    Also, the aprons are actually stored conveniently because there is such a high turn over of volunteers that they want them to start working right away. They are usually stored right next to the door.

    Um, did you see what he was washing? CLEAN silver pots. Why was he hiding what he was scrubbing? 15 seconds of washing one thing from soup kitchen that is made in large quantities? I dont think so.

    What a imbecile!

    Posted by: jeff | Oct 17, 2012 1:09:47 AM

  9. While it's true that all politicians take advantage of exaggerated photo ops, this one deserves an award for ironic absurdity. It's particularly ironic that a rich right wing politician who wants to gut all social programs that benefit poor and working class citizens would choose a soup kitchen to stage his compassionate conservative ruse. Since Ryan has been such a fervent upholder of corporate welfare and tax relief for the wealthy, maybe a more truthful photo opp would show him handing out deregulations to the banking industry or tax loopholes to wealthy GOP donors.

    Posted by: dan | Oct 21, 2012 8:13:17 PM

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