Charity president unhappy about Paul Ryan soup kitchen "photo op"

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#1 Posted by Aljosa23 (24945 posts) -

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The head of a northeast Ohio charity says that the Romney campaign lastweek ramrodded their way into the groups Youngstown soup kitchen so thatGOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan could get his picture taken washingdishes in the dining hall.

Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De PaulSociety, said that he was not contacted by the Romney campaign ahead of theSaturday morning visit by Ryan, whostopped bythe soup kitchen after atown hall at Youngstown State University.

Were a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majorityof our funding is from private donations, Antalsaid in a phone interviewMonday afternoon. Its strictly in our bylaws not to do it. They showed upthere, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers toopen up the doors.

He added: The photo-op they didwasnteven accurate. He did nothing. Hejust 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 theairport after his Saturday morning town hall in Youngstown. By the time hearrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and thehall had been cleaned.

Upon entering the soup kitchen, Ryan, his wife and three young childrengreeted and thanked several volunteers, then donned white aprons and offered to clean somedishes. Photographers snapped photos and TV cameras shot footage of Ryanand his family washing pots and pans that did notappear to be dirty.

According to a Romney aide not authorized to speak publicly about theevent, the campaign followed its usual protocol for impromptu, on-the-roadstops by candidates: A staffer was dispatched to the St. Vincent De PaulSociety ahead of Ryans visit Saturday morning and spoke with a woman incharge on site, who said that it would be fine for the congressman to stopby. The campaign did not contact Antalahead of the visit.

The woman on site told the Romney staffer that some of the volunteers hadalready left, but that most were happy to remain until Ryan arrived,according to the aide. After Ryan left the soup kitchen, the womanapproached a campaign staffer and expressed gratitude for Ryans visit, theaide said.

Chris Maloney, Ohio communications director for the Romney campaign, saidthat the visit by Ryan had been intended to highlight the work of the soupkitchen volunteers.

Our campaign and Congressman Ryan were pleased to bring attention to themeaningful charitable contributions the St. Vincent De Paul Society makesto people in need, Maloney said.

Antal, a self-described independent voter, said that he cant fault myvolunteers for letting the campaign in but said that the campaign didntgo through the proper channels.

He noted that the soup kitchen relies on funding from private individuals who might reconsider theirsupport if it appears that the charity is favoring one political candidateover another.

I cant afford to lose funding from these private individuals, he said.Ifthis was the Democrats, Id have the same exact problem.

He added that the incident had caused him all kinds of grief and that regardless of whether Ryan had intended to serve food to patrons or wash dishes, he would not have allowed the visit to take place.

Had they asked for permission, itwouldnthave been granted. But Icertainlywouldnthave let him wash clean pans, and then take a picture, Antalsaid.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/10/15/charity-president-unhappy-about-paul-ryan-soup-kitchen-photo-op/

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edit: fvck you gamespot formatting

#2 Posted by Stevo_the_gamer (42879 posts) -
That guy needs to quit his crying.
#3 Posted by HoolaHoopMan (7798 posts) -
Just a shltty photo op, figures he didn't do anything.
#4 Posted by jimkabrhel (15419 posts) -

Politician creates fake photo op. How many thousands of times has this been done?

#5 Posted by Aljosa23 (24945 posts) -

Politician creates fake photo op. How many thousands of times has this been done?

jimkabrhel

It's funny because he wasn't even discrete about it. He's wearing a watch in the picture ffs lol.

#6 Posted by Laihendi (5828 posts) -
If the charity president doesn't want his charity to become politicized, then why is he getting major news organizations involved?
#7 Posted by HybridPhoenix (3598 posts) -
If the charity president doesn't want his charity to become politicized, then why is he getting major news organizations involved?Laihendi
Because these photos were going to be released and he wanted it on the record that he didn't endorse the Republican party.
#8 Posted by dave123321 (34062 posts) -
Grasping for straws I see.
#9 Posted by TheFallenDemon (13933 posts) -

Mission accomplished

#10 Posted by Lonelynight (30041 posts) -
lol idiots.
#11 Posted by sSubZerOo (43199 posts) -
.... Paul Ryan and Romney being insincere? What a shock.
#12 Posted by Blue-Sky (10325 posts) -

Here's the actual video.

This is just embarassing...

#13 Posted by Aljosa23 (24945 posts) -

Grasping for straws I see.dave123321
Are you okay with politicians lying and doing anything they please?

#14 Posted by undergroundLPx (641 posts) -
This is what the comeback team is all about. Gotta do what we gotta do to get sheet done.
#15 Posted by EasyStreet (11672 posts) -

What a plotican does a fake photo-op I have never that before.

#16 Posted by EmprahBanjo (13 posts) -
This is what the comeback team is all about. Gotta do what we gotta do to get sheet done.undergroundLPx
Wow... NOT WHEN YOU ARE PRETENDING TO HELP NEEDY PEOPLE. I would destroy Paul Ryan if I saw him. I would pound his face into the cement. I am not afraid. He should of actually helped them.
#17 Posted by CycleOfViolence (3314 posts) -

Politician creates fake photo op. How many thousands of times has this been done?

jimkabrhel

#18 Posted by dave123321 (34062 posts) -

[QUOTE="dave123321"]Grasping for straws I see.Aljosa23

Are you okay with politicians lying and doing anything they please?

It would be preferable for it to be minimized.
#19 Posted by Blue-Sky (10325 posts) -

[QUOTE="jimkabrhel"]

Politician creates fake photo op. How many thousands of times has this been done?

CycleOfViolence

And all of them are going to be shamed.

Just. Like. This. One.

#21 Posted by DaBrainz (7662 posts) -
Wait so people will actually not donate to a soup kitchen because Paul Ryan scrubbed a pot there? I don't believe this for a second. This guy is not an independent as claimed.
#22 Posted by chrisrooR (9027 posts) -
That's pathetic. Especially this "Ryan had stopped by the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way to theairport after his Saturday morning town hall in Youngstown. By the time hearrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and thehall had been cleaned."
#23 Posted by GazaAli (22829 posts) -
lol that is quite pathetic. The idea itself is pathetic if you are not already doing this on regular basis, but its even more pathetic that it was poorly executed.
#24 Posted by GhettoBlastin92 (1147 posts) -

Here's the actual video.

This is just embarassing...

Blue-Sky

Thats hilarious and so is the first comment of "Daddy is this how Rosita does it at home":lol: