Oh Paul, it must have sounded like a good idea. The vice-presidential nominee was criticized Tuesday by a soup kitchen director who said Ryan, his wife, and three children—along with a group of campaign staffers—“ramrodded their way” into the Youngstown, Ohio, facility for a photo op. According to Brian Antal, the head of the Mahoning County St. Vincent de Paul Society that runs the soup kitchen, Ryan and his staffers stopped for only 15 minutes while on their way to the airport. Since the soup kitchen is part of a faith-based organization, their bylaws strictly prohibit any political events. As if this wasn’t enough, Antal said that by the time Ryan and his family arrived, all the food had been served and the hall had been cleaned—and the giant pot that Ryan appears to be scrubbing was actually already clean. Antal, a registered independent who has voted in the Democratic primaries for the past 17 years, said he would have had the same problem if it were Democrats. “Had they asked permission, it wouldn’t have been granted … but I certainly wouldn’t have let him wash clean pans, and then take a picture.” A Ryan campaign source said they followed the usual protocol for impromptu campaign stops: a staffer asked in the morning if they could visit and were granted permission by someone on site—although, apparently, not Antal himself. Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn the Ryan children against charity forever.