In an effort to show that he is not callous to the poor, Rep. Paul Ryan "volunteered" to work in a Youngstown, Ohio, soup kitchen last Saturday, but apparently it was more of a faked photo op than an act of charity.
Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, told the Washington Post that he was not contacted by the Romney/Ryan campaign ahead of the Saturday morning visit by Rep. Ryan, who stopped by the soup kitchen after a town hall meeting at Youngstown State University.
Antal said: “We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations. 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.”
Rep. Ryan stopped by the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way to the airport after his Saturday morning town hall. By the time he arrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had been cleaned, reports the Washington Post.