VP candidate Paul Ryan has an unusual way of raising support. In a recent soup kitchen visit Paul Ryan did the dirty dishes. The photo of Ryan doing the dishes has sparked controversies.
Over the weekend, Paul Ryan paid a visit to an Ohio soup kitchen and tried to get more popular by washing the dirty dishes. But the so-called good deed only sparked controversies. Charity president Brain J. Antal blasted Paul Ryan for publishing a photo of him doing the dishes at St. Vincent De Paul dining hall in Ohio.
When the photo of Paul Ryan washing dishes first went online, a debate sparked whether the VP candidate was actually doing the dirty dishes. Monday afternoon, charity president Brain J. Antal, said he wasn’t happy about the photo. He dismissed the whole thing saying the photo wasn’t accurate.
After declaring the charity is a “faith-based organization”, “apolitical” and funding “from private donations”, Antal explained Paul Ryan and his family simply showed up at the soup kitchen without permission. “They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors” he added.
“The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get this picture taken at the dining hall” Antal told NBC News in a phone interview. Antal added he isn’t blaming his volunteers but said that Paul Ryan should have gone “through the proper channels”.
Tuesday morning, Antal updated his previous statement, explaining a second volunteer confirmed Paul Ryan was actually doing dirty dishes. Youngstown’s The Vindicator writes that Paul Ryan’s staff asked the volunteers “to leave some pots and pans unwashed so the VP nominee and his family could do something when he arrived”.
Soup kitchen coordinator Juanita Sherba told The Vindicator the staff had to wait for Paul Ryan to arrive. “We would have gone home by the time he arrived. We didn’t need him to do the dishes. It was getting late, and I said that we are closing in five minutes. I waited longer than that, and he finally arrived” Sherba added.
Chris Maloney, communications director for the Mitt Romney campaign, said Paul Ryan’s visit to the soup kitchen was indeed in the schedule. “Our campaign and Congressman Ryan were pleased to bring attention to the meaningful charitable contributions the St. Vincent De Paul Society makes to people in need”.