Paul Ryan didn’t make a lot of friends this weekend when he dropped by a soup kitchen in Ohio.
Brian J. Antag, 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,” Antag 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.
Let’s see; he jeopardized the funding for the soup kitchen, he pissed a lot of people off by acting like he actually gives a shit about the “takers,” and he didn’t even bother to ask permission before doing it.
On the other hand, that pot looks really clean.