Fallout from Paul Ryan’s photo op.

This is just disgusting.

In the wake of Rep. Paul Ryan’s embarrassing soup kitchen photo-oplast week, the organization that runs the facility tells The Huffington Post that donors have begun pulling their money out of the Youngstown, Ohio charity.

Ryan may have suffered a few late-night jokes, but the fallout for the soup kitchen appears to be far more bruising. Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, confirmed that donors have begun an exodus in protest over Ryan’s embarrassment. The monetary losses have been big. “It appears to be a substantial amount,” Antal said. “You can rest assured there has been a substantial backlash.”

And the faith-based charity is getting it elsewhere too.

Ryan supporters have now targeted Antal and his soup kitchen, Antal said, including making hundreds of angry phone calls. Some members of Antal’s volunteer staff have had to endure the barrage as well, he said. “The sad part is a lot of [the callers] want to hide behind anonymity,” he said, adding that if someone leaves their name and number he has tried to return their call. In addition to phone calls, people have posted a few choice words on the charity’s Facebook wall, including statements like “I hope you lose your tax [sic] emempt status,” Anyone who is thinking about donations to you should think twice” and “Shame on you Brian Antal!”

On the phone with HuffPost, Antal seemed worn out by all the vitriol. “Honesty, I really don’t need any more attention,” he said. “I really just want this to go away.”

Antal said doesn’t understand why donors would take out their frustration over the incident on those who can’t afford to pay for their own meals. “I’m a volunteer,’ he said. “I receive zero compensation. Withholding donations is only going to hurt the over 100,000 we serve annually.”

Now a soup kitchen is losing donors.  Way to “help” Paul.

Let me clear this up right now.  It was Paul Ryan who attempted to solicit political acclaim, not by actually helping the poor, but by shoving his way into a kitchen to pose for the cameras.  It was Paul Ryan who washed clean dishes in an effort to deceive the voters.  If anybody wants to lash out, they need to be lashing out at Paul Ryan, not at the people served by the soup kitchen he used as a political tool.  I hope this dunce doesn’t get the chance to “help” the poor on a larger scale.

And to think, it could’ve just been Paul Ryan who was revealed as a shallow human being with no regard for the poor despite his firmly held religious faith.  Now it’s also his supporters.

  • Rob

    Related humorous take on the photo op: http://www.gppcomic.com/2012/10/19/photo-opportunist/

  • Rory

    Now, this is funny as heck. The backlash to the backlash caused by Ryan’s visit may actually be doing some good: http://www.salon.com/2012/10/19/did_paul_ryan_accidentally_save_a_soup_kitchen/

    • C High

      Think Ryan will try to take credit for the influx on donations?

  • Lurker111

    “And to think, it could’ve just been Paul Ryan who was revealed as a shallow human being with no regard for the poor despite his firmly held religious faith. Now it’s also his supporters.”

    I’m so surprised.

  • SherryH

    I think it would be lovely, if the soup kitchen does end up losing a lot of donations because of this, if the Ryan family could make a big honkin’ donation to help out the poor who’ve been negatively affected. In fact, wouldn’t it be swell if Ryan’s supporters in the state pitched in to support the hardworking volunteers who staff the soup kitchen and their labors…?

    C’mon, Repubs, you know you want to.


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