The Romney-Ryan campaign sent Paul Ryan and his family to a homeless shelter in Ohio yesterday so that the press could take photos of them serving a meal to the needy. When the Ryan entourage arrived at the shelter, the meal service was over, the diners had left the hall and the volunteer staff had cleaned the room and washed the dishes.
TThe Republican vice presidential candidate’s handlers only allowed a few reporters to go into the shelter with the Ryans, and what they witnessed was straight out Potemkin: Ryan put on an apron and posed for the camera in the kitchen pretending to clean a pot that had already been washed.
“The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate,” Brian Natal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, told a reporter. “He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”
Antal also said the Romney-Ryan campaign showed up without calling first or asking for permission. “We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations,” Antal said. “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.”