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'He did nothing,' 'He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.'

Posted by on Oct. 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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Charity president slams Paul Ryan for barging into soup kitchen for photo op

'He did nothing,' said Brian J. Antal, president of the charity that runs the soup kitchen in Ohio. 'He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.'


Congressman Paul Ryan and wife Janna at a soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio on Saturday.

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Congressman Paul Ryan and wife Janna at a soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio on Saturday.

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s visit Saturday to an Ohio food kitchen was no more than a staged photo op, fumes the charity’s president.

Ryan barged into the Youngstown dining hall long after guests had been served and left, grabbed an apron and pretended to wash dishes while TV cameras and photographers snapped away, said Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, the charity that runs the soup kitchen.

“He did nothing,” Antal told The Washington Post. “He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

Antal later told TMZ.com Ryan did indeed clean a few dirty dishes — ones his volunteers left behind.

Antal says the Romney-Ryan campaign didn’t follow proper procedures for the visit — they just showed up without permission.

“They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors,” Antal said.

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