Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 15, 2012, 9:41 p.m. EST by ZenDog
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from the SeattlePI
The food had been served, the patrons were long gone, and the cutlery cleaned when Rep. Paul Ryan, his wife, three kids and photographers pulled up Saturday at a St. Vincent de Paul food kitchen in Youngstown Ohio.
Ryan and his wife put on aprons and washed several pans that already appeared to be clean, and then were off to the airport
Now, the Republican vice presidential candidate is in hot water over the impromptu campaign “photo op.” The director of the Mahoning County, Ohio, St. Vincent de Paul Society says he was not contacted and that the food kitchen does not serve up candidates.
“We’re a faith-based organization: We are apolotical because the majority of our food is from private donations,” Brian Antol told The Washington Post. “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.”
The Ryan campaign explained that it sent ahead a staffer, who was told by a volunteer that the visit would be welcome.
“Our campaign and Congressman Ryan were pleased to bring attention to the meaningful charitable contribution the St. Vincent de Paul Society makes to people in need,” said Chris Maloney, Ohio communications director for the Romney-Ryan ticket.
With a heavy diet of fundraisers and set-piece rallies, candidates for President and Vice President do few spontaneous events beyond the early “retail” politics of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.
President Obama has dropped in at popular breakfast spots, quaffed a beer, and eaten a doughnut on a Seattle stop.
But sometimes hosts get hassled by political opponents of the candidate. Antol reported that he has been forced to deal with fallout.
“I can’t afford to lose funding from these private individuals,” he said. “If this was the Democrats, I’d have exactly the same problem.”
LoL! What will they think of next . . .