Paul Ryan, like any good politician, can't resist a good photo-op when he sees one. The only problem is, he staged his without permission from the people in charge, and now they've outed him as a big fat phony.
Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, says Ryan and his camp "ramrodded" their way into a Youngstown, Ohio soup kitchen which had already served its meal and cleaned up for the day. Rather than be deterred, Ryan and his family donned aprons and washed the already clean pots and pans for the cameras.
“We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations,” Antal said. “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. 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.”
Because the charity gets most of its funding from private donors, Antal is worried that now the group will appear to have chosen a political side, something he can't afford. He says that if the Democratic party had shown up with the same intentions, he would have put a stop to it, as well. It's not about the group, but rather the fact that it reflects badly upon the organization.
“Had they asked for permission, it wouldn’t have been granted. … But I certainly wouldn’t have let him wash clean pans, and then take a picture,” Antal said.