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Paul Ryan

Shameless Soup Kitchen

Photo Op

10/16/2012 6:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paul Ryan washing dishes at a soup kitchen
Veep wannabee Paul Ryan pulled a fast one at an empty soup kitchen, pretending to pitch in and wash dishes that were already clean ... this according to the President of the charity.

Brian J. Antal says Ryan and his wife showed up at the kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio, AFTER all of the food had been served and the patrons had left ... and the dishes, pots and pans were already washed.

Antal says he was not at the kitchen at the time of Ryan's visit -- but says if he was, Ryan would not have been allowed inside because the soup kitchen has a strict apolitical stance. Antal says Ryan's team convinced one of the kitchen volunteers to open the doors.

Antal says Ryan was there 15 minutes and it was just a shameless photo op, adding, "He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall."

We tried getting a comment from Ryan's camp, to no avail.

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Jay W.     

I see bread lines in the future.

644 days ago
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Mike    

No different than any politician on either side when it comes to photo ops. What's the big deal here?

644 days ago
3.

Jen    

Is anyone surprised?

644 days ago
4.

Texas Gal    

Not a fan of Ryan, but, to be fair...Obamas' camp does this crap too; it's called politics.

644 days ago
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thisiswhatihavetosay    

:( none of these guys are fit to run our country... Everyone's lost honesty and integrity. What a shame.

644 days ago
6.

Keirie420    

Dickless Wonder

644 days ago
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jona    

Oh TMZ.. you truly suck. Michelle does this. EVERY politician does this. Never saw any TMZ people doing it though. So who's shameless?

644 days ago
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Mike    

Has TMZ ever ran a headline; "Obama: Shameless Fat Burger Photo Op"? I think not.

644 days ago
9.

alex    

Typical GOP BS

644 days ago
10.

OooooNooo!    

They all do that crap -- Obama too. Waste of everyone's time. Stick to the debate.

644 days ago
11.

Rocket    

So this is what's important to you LIBTARDS? How about the fact OBAMA has still done ZERO about BENGHAZI? But this matters???

644 days ago
12.

xiam007    

does this really surprise anyone???

644 days ago
13.

RocketGirl    

Hey TMZ -- Why don't you inject some bias in the headline? Shocka!

644 days ago
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ManiacalZebra    

I seriously doubt that he'd be there when actual people were there. He might have to answer some real questions about how his budget hurts the people who go there for help.

644 days ago
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Gretel    

Of all places to go and be a dick about feeding people Youngstown would be one of them. I had a friend who did grad studies at Youngstown State University and that poor city really struggles. I believe it was hit hard with the rust belt and never gained its economy back. Maybe if he had written a check instead of being a dick for a photo-op it would have been a better gesture. All of these guys and their megalomaniac parties are making Gary Johnson look better and better.

644 days ago
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