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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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Joey    

TMZ is a liberal joo rag.

686 days ago
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Josie Wails    

AP WIRE STORY[NOT]: TMZ WINS FREE SPEECH AWARD THEN MUCH LATER ACTUALLY PRINTS THE TRUTH.

686 days ago
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Lydia    

TMZ - why isn't your website lit up with Reelect Obama pics?

686 days ago
124.

Mark     

Hopefully BO will be doing this full time come January. Michelle can dry...keep it in the family.

686 days ago
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MC GRUNT    

Wow MS-TMZ showing any BIAS MUCH??!!! With a thousand and one gaffs from the Vice Joke Biden to choose from you go with "ah screw it lets attack the Republicans again"

686 days ago
126.

JCtheSystem    

I'm FROM Youngstown, and I didn't even know he was in town!

686 days ago
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nayrod64    

It's election time, you know he doesn't do that at home. His wife should take a photo just to remind him in the future.

686 days ago
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diane    

Tmz your shameless pandering to odumbo is embarrassing. He is driving our country into the ground and yet like all libtards this is all you have.

686 days ago
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realitychecker    

It would be ground-breaking news if any politician volunteered in a soup kitchen even on an occasional basis outside of election time.

686 days ago
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GoodNews!    

As someone mentioned in another post, he did this in front of his children. Where are your family values Mr. Ryan?

686 days ago
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Teri Hochberg    

I enjoy reading your sight until you become political. It is shameful how your political views are so heavy handed in favor of one party (Demacratic) over the other party(Republican).

686 days ago
132.

Kdavis    

Smoke & mirrors folks, smoke & mirrors...

686 days ago
133.

Diana    

It's interesting that you're doing a story that was told by some obviously biased guy that wasn't even THERE, yet he knows every detail AND the motive behind it. And TMZ finds it print-worthy. Interesting, indeed!

686 days ago
134.

Bea    

Obama was a community organizer...He did this often., Even after he became President-Elecgt, He still went to help distribute food at the shelter...the white house launched www.serve.gov. Also about this Libya thing, You do know there were over 10 Embassy bombings during the Bush Era.. Paul Ryan voted to cut security finding for Diplomats...no one has clean hands in this situation

686 days ago
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Bea    

Photo Op

686 days ago
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