Soup Kitchen Photo Op Fighting bitterly with each other is one thing, stepping on people's toes is just out of line. The head of a northeast Ohio charity says that the Romney campaign last week ramrodded their way into the groups Youngstown soup kitchen so that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan could get his picture taken washing dishes in the dining hall. Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, said that he was not contacted by the Romney campaign ahead of the Saturday morning visit by Ryan, who stopped by the soup kitchen after a town hall at Youngstown State University. Were a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations, Antal said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. Its strictly in our bylaws not to do it. He added: The photo-op they did wasnt even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall. Ryan had stopped by the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way to the airport after his Saturday morning town hall in Youngstown. By the time he arrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had been cleaned. Photographers snapped photos and TV cameras shot footage of Ryan and his family washing pots and pans that did not appear to be dirty. Chris Maloney, Ohio communications director for the Romney campaign, said that the visit by Ryan had been intended to highlight the work of the soup kitchen volunteers. Antal, a self-described independent voter, said that he cant fault my volunteers for letting the campaign in but said that the campaign didnt go through the proper channels. He noted that the soup kitchen relies on funding from private individuals who might reconsider their support if it appears that the charity is favoring one political candidate over another. He added that the incident had caused him all kinds of grief and that regardless of whether Ryan had intended to serve food to patrons or wash dishes, he would not have allowed the visit to take place.