Showing off the hallmarks of clueless entitlement, the campaign staff of Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican Vice Presidential candidate, descended upon a soup-kitchen in North-east Ohio. Without proper warning from the man in charge and clumsily, long after the golden photo-op had eaten and gone away, Ryan and his crew piled into the soup kitchen to pretend to do something useful, by donning white aprons and washing already washed dishes. Their empty contribution to the lessers in society took them a total of fifteen minutes and no doubt the timing came as a great relief to the entire campaign and no one had to break out any hand sanitizer or mix with the invisible class.
The head of a northeast Ohio charity says that the Romney campaign last week “ramrodded their way” into the group’s Youngstown soup kitchen so that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan could get his picture taken washing dishes in the dining hall.
Brian J. Antal, 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,” Antal 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.”
[Note: the Washington Post felt compelled to reveal the voting record of the President of the charity who said he’d let neither candidate exploit his operation for a photo-op, we find this reprehensible, a violation of the man’s right to privacy about his voting record and an unfounded insult to the man’s integrity who made clear that his concerns were not personal in nature. But we know, The Washington Post doesn’t fret too much about the little people anymore than the Ryan campaign.]
Full story in the Washington Post.