After a rally in Ohio the Romney campaign, with Paul Ryan at the helm, made an impromptu stop at a soup kitchen which was unwelcome by the organization's management.
Paul Ryan made stopped in Youngstown, OH at the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society. The soup kitchen is a non-profit, and more importantly non-partisan establishment. They purposely refuse to become involved in politics because they are a privately run entity that relies on public donations. To have Paul Ryan in their midst is to risk funding from those who are offended by his presence.
The organization's president, Brian J. Antal, had this to say according to washingtonpost.com:
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. I can’t afford to lose funding from these private individuals. If this was the Democrats, I’d have the same exact problem.
Beyond the disrespecting of the organization's own rules, Ryan is alleged to have only been at the soup kitchen for a total of 15-minutes, most of which was spent shaking hands with workers who stayed behind to meet him. This is because by the time Ryan arrived, all of the food had been dispatched to needy people. This did not stop Paul Ryan and his family from putting on a smock and begin cleaning dishes that The Washington Post says, "did not appear to be dirty."
Antal was thoroughly unimpressed with Paul Ryan and claims:
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.
As this story clearly illustrates, as has been detailed many times before, the GOP is all style and no substance. One can only hope that the American people are able to see through this facade on election day.