Paul Ryan Kitchen

October 17, 2012 by  

Paul Ryan Kitchen, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan stirred up controversy after a weekend visit to an Ohio soup kitchen that some say was insincere and staged. The incident also allegedly posed problems for the manager of the soup kitchen, who said he did not give permission for the candidate to visit the soup kitchen and would not have on the basis that his organization is apolitical and did not want to appear as partisan to donors.

“We do not back any political organization, Republican, Democrat or Independent,’ said Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society.

After several media reports said Ryan came into the kitchen and “washed” dishes that were already clean, the story gained traction and Antal’s phone started ringing off the hook from reporters requesting comment and people saying they would no longer support the mission.

But Antal wanted to make it clear that his organization is not for or against the GOP ticket and he wanted to get the facts right about Ryan’s alleged clean dish washing.

“I do want to clear the air that he did come in after the kitchen was closed,” Antal said. “And he did washed two or three pans that were dirty, from what I was told, he was told that the serving would be done and in so many words asked to save some pans and they came in, washed a couple of pans, and left.”

Antal added: “We didn’t mean to start a media storm over this, we just wanted to clear the air that we’re not supporting anyone, we’re just here to serve the needy.”

The soup kitchen serves tens of thousands of needs people per year.

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