“The Phoniest Piece of Baloney”

Were the dishes at the Youngstown soup kitchen Paul Ryan dropped by last weekend actually dirty?

As we’ve alleged, and as the video shows, they appear to be clean, however according to a local report, they were in fact dirty. But that’s not the end of the story. It actually gets worse from here.

via Forbes

”The Vindicator, in Youngstown, reports that according to Juanita Sherba, the coordinator who gave Ryan permission to come to the soup kitchen, Ryan did wash dirty dishes while he was there. The newspaper reports that Ryan’s staff asked volunteers “to leave some pots and pans unwashed so the VP nominee and his family could do something when he arrived.”

“We had to save dishes,” she said. “We would have gone home by the time he arrived. We didn’t need him to do the dishes. It was getting late, and I said that we were closing in five minutes. I waited longer than that, and he finally arrived.”

Sherba expressed regret that she had allowed the visit to take place.

“It was the phoniest piece of baloney I’ve ever been associated with,” she said. “In hindsight, I would have never let him in the door.”

As further noted in The Vindicator piece, ”When an advance person from the Mitt Romney/Ryan campaign asked about the visit, Sherba said it took her by surprise. “I didn’t know it was my place to say ‘no,’” she said. “I made a mistake.” The event was completely staged by the campaign, she said. “They couldn’t have cared less,” Sherba said. “The advance man said Paul Ryan wanted to come and talk to our clientele, but he didn’t.”

Ryan called ahead and asked them to save dishes for him. He showed up late. And he didn’t talk to anyone.

You have to marvel at how an already bad story became even worse after each iteration of detail became available.

This should be the last time I mention this story. Probably. Maybe.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663669914 Sean Richardson

    I just like to point out that you can clearly see his wedding ring in the photos. All it was was a photo op and he couldn’t even get that right! Nobody who has ever washed a dish since getting married would keep their wedding ring on when doing them.

    • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

      Nah, I know tons of people (myself included) who keep their wedding bands on 24/7, no matter what. Only thing I ever took off was the engagement ring because the diamond stuck out to far and could get knocked out.

    • ninjaf

      Quickest way to lose your wedding ring is to take it off — for dishes or any other reason.

    • MiddleMittenLiberal

      But his (probably very expensive) watch was on and his shirt sleeves were not rolled up to his elbows!

  • D_C_Wilson

    I doubt that this is the first time in history a candidate showed up at a volunteer organization and pretended to help out just for a photo op, but it is the first time that I’m aware of that the people behind the scenes complained about it almost as soon as it was over.

    Makes you wonder what kind of douche Ryan was to them. Considering he does an excellent job of coming across as a smarmy douche on TV, I shudder to think that he could actually be worse in person.