Upon learning of the mistake the campaign had made (Paul Ryan “visiting” a soup kitchen for a photo op), certainly Mr. Ryan’s spokespeople came forward to apologize and set the record straight, right? Certainly the Romney-Ryan campaign made the effort to issue a statement that would inform anyone who is a donor to the charity— or considering becoming one—that, while their intentions were noble (false photo ops aside), they had inadvertently caused a problem for the soup kitchen and that nobody should hold the charity responsible for playing politics as that was not what had occurred. Surely they would have done this in an effort to help St. Vincent out of a jam the campaign had created, yes?
You see, the GOP ticket—led by a man who actually wrote a book called “No Apology”— doesn’t roll that way.
So, rather than help St. Vincent get the story out there so that the campaign could correct any potential problem they had caused, the Romney-Ryan team sent out Chris Maloney, the Ohio communications director for the GOP presidential campaign, who said, “Our campaign and Congressman Ryan were pleased to bring attention to the meaningful charitable contributions the St. Vincent De Paul Society makes to people in need.”
Wow. Who behaves this way?
Even knowing the rules they had broken and the potential problems they had caused, the Romney-Ryan people continued to seek political advantage in the situation rather than simply doing the right thing.