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President of St. Vincent De Paul Society blasts Ryan visit as 'publicity stunt'

Published: Mon, October 15, 2012 @ 6:22 p.m.
  St. Vincent de Paul Press Conference

Brian J. Antal, president of the local St. Vincent de Paul Society, discusses the society's position on political visits.

Brian J. Antal, president of the local St. Vincent de Paul Society, discusses the society's position on political visits.

Read the full story: Soup kitchen visit by Ryan stirs anger

YOUNGSTOWN ­­— The president of Mahoning County’s St. Vincent De Paul Society is “shocked” and “angry” that Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan used the soup kitchen for a “publicity stunt.”

Brian J. Antal, who runs the society, said today the campaign “ramrodded themselves in there” without getting proper permission for the visit Saturday that followed Ryan’s town-hall meeting at Youngstown State University.

Juanita Sherba, St. Vincent’s Saturday coordinator for the dinning hall, said she gave the Ryan campaign approval that day for the visit by the candidate and his family.

Sherba say she now realizes it wasn’t her call to make.

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

The event was completely staged by the campaign, she said.

When asked for a comment, Christopher Maloney, spokesman for the Romney/Ryan campaign, said: “Our campaign and Congressman Ryan were pleased to bring attention to the meaningful charitable contributions St. Vincent De Paul Society makes to people in need.”

For the complete story, read Tuesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1redeye1(5663 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Ryan gets permission to come into the Society and now Antal complains . What?, Did the D party get to him?. What a shame I haven't seen or heard that one of the D party leaders ever showed up there.

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2LtMacGowan(714 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

sounds like MALARKY

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3JoeFromHubbard(1806 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

1) the campaign “ramrodded themselves in there”
>> Like Obamacare<<

2) used the soup kitchen for a “publicity stunt.”
>> Like Obama at Lordstown<<

3) coordinator for the dinning hall, said she gave the Ryan campaign approval that day
>> They got approval, what is the problem?

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4redeye1(5663 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Mrrightsometimes Typical D party tactics, watch what the GOP does and then they do it. WOW! That just shows me that tthey don't have clue about things .

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5Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Fake , Fake , FAKE
That is all the GOP/TEA is and has always been

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6WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago


You know what fake is? The Democrats.

The Democrat Party

-Fought for slavery
-Began the Civil War
-Founded the Ku Klux Klan
-Created Jim Crow
-Levied poll taxes
-Fought against Civil Rights
-Insured Japanese internment

The Democrats have been working to keep minorities on the plantation and in chains for 250 years!!

Maybe you'll get free of the Dems someday. Take a look at this:


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7Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Never another penny from me either. They had approval now they want to whine about it.

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8DOLE2(595 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

They made the visit after watching an anti muslim video....

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9DSquared(1788 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Would Mr Antal prefer that the "Abortionist" Ticket pay a visit instead? Someone ask the Bishop about this guy!

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10former_ygal(3 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Looks like "facts" can be a hard pill to swallow for some folks.

Try to remember this...once Repubs are voted into office, you never see them again until election time. I have read where Pres. Obama has been there several times in the past 3 yrs. Now ask yourself...who really cares????

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11andersonathan(687 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Maybe Joe or Obama could make a stop there and pass out some condoms.

And that was a good video [dole2]

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12Taradacktyl(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Republicans can't even properly MIMIC giving a s*** about their fellow Americans.

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13Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Isn't what all these politicians do a "publicity stunt"? Especially election time. Get over it Juanita and Brian. Worry about more important things. smh at such stupidity in society today.

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14cgh(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The article has left out that by the time that Ryan and his family arrived at the center, all the patrons had already been fed, and all the dishes and the premises had been cleaned. But that did not deter Ryan... he and his family put on aprons and PRETENDED to wash CLEAN dishes. Now that is FAKE. The photos are FAKE. And the pretend regard that both Romney and Ryan express towards the people of this country are FAKE, FAKE, FAKE, FAKE, FAKE. (imagine Elaine from Seinfeld saying that every time you see Romney/Ryan.)

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15nojimbo(286 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

So pwhite, you have donated to the St.Vincent dePaul Society. You mean the Society with position papers advocating for "the development of a viable national health care network, particularly, primary health care, for every person regardless of ability to pay." Or, "There is no substitute for an involved, effective, and committed government. We believe local, state and federal governments must make poverty a priority and become involved in addressing solutions, including fully funding programs that tackle homelessness."
Sounds like you've been helping to fund, gasp, a SOCIALIST oragnization.

Government funding for poverty programs? Ayn Rand must have been spinning in her grave (or hell?) watching her young protege Mr. Ryan darken the door of a lefty commie group like St. Vincent dePaul.

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16gladys1(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

First, the press should have reported that the kitchen was already cleaned. No work was necessary and it was a farce. Ohio is still struggling and had it not been for this president this country would be in worse condition than it is. Romney also has no consistent answers, will not define his economics except to say that he doesn't want it to be political. If you think Romney has any interest in Ohio then think back to when Romney advocated bankruptcy for the auto companies. There were no takers! The government/ Obama was the last resort.. Do your homework. Look at the Boston Globe and see what a governor he was. If one asks a person if they are good, they are alwaysgoing to say yes. . Look at their track record. He and the Republican party have always gone for the wealthy. If you are one of the 47% what are you thinking. That was not a speech of accident. He spoke for 10 minutes thinking he was with his own kind. He is indifferent to the middle class. He disparages poor people. He is unable to interract with them. A donut....home made cookies..that was a capsule of cluelessness. .Romney is the 1%

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17funnybone54(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Wow...do your reporters actually have journalism degrees? Or has the writer ever thought of using spellcheck? I believe its "dining" with a long i sound, not "dinning" with a short i sound. The word in your article means: dinning, verb
1.(of a fact) Be instilled in (someone) by constant repetition.
2.Make a loud, unpleasant, and prolonged noise.
America...land of the Free and the illiterate...even the pros!
And yes...it may gave been staged, but their own people let them in. They didn't force anyone.

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18solvent(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

All these people who have never donated to St. Vincent DePaul have sworn to never donate to St. Vincent DePaul.
That's a lot like washing clean pots. It's a meaningless, grand standing, bulls**t act. Congratulations!

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19Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

From now on my donation to St. Vincent De Paul will be "fake".
The only thing that is fake about this comment and others above is that they ever gave .

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20Jack50(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The story in itself seemed a little far fetched when Juanita Sherba OK'd the visit, then decided to act like they pushed their way in. My guess is not only Antal and Sherba are Democrats, but they realized their errors and decided to be real jerks. If they are tax exempt somone needs to take that away for violation of the rules. Then they can go ahead and admit that they are Democrats and would have welcomed the BAD GUYS with open arms. Hopefully Mr. Antal will see his donations drop. A simple apology to his donors would have worked, but the ignorance of putting it in the Vindy and all the other rags was overboard. When the GOOD GUYS win, I hope they remember Mr. Antal and Juanita's little episodes.

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21woodchuck(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Well it's always a breath of fresh air to see the double standard that is St.Vincent De Paul.
Their response was petty. In my opinion if you were to ask those in need they could care not what party you align yourself with but only that you care enough about them with your contributions and your time. Isn't that the real issue Mr Antal. A lesson to learn Mr. Antal, words have meanings just like actions!

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