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Paul Ryan stopped for a 15 minute photo-op at a Salvation Army Soup Kitchen today. Most people had already left, the press took pictures of Rep. Ryan washing some clean pans. The St. Vincent De Paul society was not pleased. Paul Ryan wants to drastically cut services for the poor and the elderly and he doesn't mind using their meager resources to generate himself some votes. Doesn't that make him a taker instead of a maker?
Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society:
“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.” “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,”