The head of a northeast Ohio charity says that the Romney campaign last week “ramrodded their way” into the group’s Youngstown soup kitchen so that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan could get his picture taken washing dishes in the dining hall.
Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, said that he was not contacted by the Romney campaign ahead of the Saturday morning visit by Ryan, who stopped by the soup kitchen after a town hall at Youngstown State University.
“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.”
Brian Antal went on to note that because the soup kitchen relies on funding from private individuals who might reconsider their support if it appears that the charity is favoring one political candidate over another, he would not have allowed either campaign to have a photo op at the soup kitchen, saying, “I can’t afford to lose funding from these private individuals. If this was the Democrats, I’d have the same exact problem.”
Putting aside the issue of whether the Paul Ryan photo op at the soup kitchen was approved through the proper channels or not, I think it’s hilarious – and more than a little bit telling – that Paul Ryan didn’t do any actual good deeds at the soup kitchen he visited, because Paul Ryan is just that shallow.