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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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61.

sunny    

Now he has a place to go for the next 4 years:)
Poor soup kitchen:(

653 days ago
62.

joker    

what did u expect gop can't take the heat why would they be in a kitchen for long? they don't even do interviews with msnbc

653 days ago
63.

Jake    

No matter how many hit pieces like this blast from the company that made its main purpose in life was to stick camera's under young women's skirts. Yep, I understand it all now.

653 days ago
64.

john Q    

It will be SOOOOOOO nice when the election is over. Whatever happens, happens!!! But all the bashing and lying is just useless!!!!!!!!

653 days ago
65.

jen    

hey TMZ why don;t you show the pic of POTUS coming down AFONE on his damn cell phone while being saluted by the marines...maybe he can get the hell off his phone for a second while the guys that die for him salute him.....thats a looser...

653 days ago
66.

poopy brain    

Can't wait till he gets a shoe thrown at him, I'm sure Romeny will get one if he goes back to London again.

653 days ago
67.

liz    

what a bad choice for vp, has he been back to Wisconsin yet to get booed again?

653 days ago
68.

Heather    

I would rather have a VP doing a photo-op at a soup kitchen, at least it's admirable. It could be worse, our own President has been to The View, Letterman, met with JayZ and done radio shows weighing in on the Minaj/Carey "Who's side are you on" but somehow was too busy to meet with dignitaries from other countries. I mean there's only a civil war going on in Syria, good to see he has his priorities straight!

653 days ago
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fools    

that's nice is that ann coulter in the back?

653 days ago
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Golfinsal    

We already have them...They are called food stamps

653 days ago
71.

Irony Tag    

I'm sure that unnamed worker is totally accurate in their portrayal. I'll be glad when this season of political dirty tricks is over.

653 days ago
72.

Joan    

So tired of TMZ and the media bashing Republicans!

653 days ago
73.

Yankeemon90    

All Obama does is a shameless photo op. His entire DAY consists of shameless photo op after shameless photo op! Romney and Ryan are great people, and if TMZ is attacking them, you know they are of good character. Down with TMZ! Shame on them! ROMNEY-RYAN 2012!

653 days ago
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Derek    

And they state the soup kitchen is apolitical? I'm supposed to believe they came to the media with this story but they are apolitical?

653 days ago
75.

patty    

He could lick the floor with his tongue, he still wouldn't get my vote. They are so phoney!!!

653 days ago
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