Norquist: Rand Paul ‘didn’t say no’ to Burning Man trip

Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist is looking to pull together a group of Republicans for a trip to Burning Man.

The Hill caught Norquist on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, where he was headed to a meeting with House Majority leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyOn The Money — Support for new COVID-19 relief grows Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law Are the legal walls closing in on Donald Trump? MORE (R-Ca.). He said one of the items on his agenda was to convince the second-ranking Republican in the House to join him in the desert at the week-long festival.


“He’s expressed interest,” Norquist said.

He also said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) is considering it. Rep. Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaProposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy Bipartisan lawmakers target judges' stock trading with new bill How lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation MORE (R-Calif.) was “less interested,” Norquist said.

One potential Republican presidential candidate left the door open.

Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulConservative pundit says YouTube blocked interview with Rand Paul These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 I'm furious about Democrats taking the blame — it's time to fight back MORE thought he’d be busy, but he didn’t say no,” Norquist said.

When asked if he and McCarthy would do drugs and dance around a campfire, Norquist deferred to the House majority leader.

“That’s up to him,” he said.

Jokes aside, Norquist said he thought it would be a fun opportunity for members to meet some people on the cutting edge of the tech industry.

Burning Man has become a gathering place where influential members of Silicon Valley meet to discuss new ideas. Peter Thiel, the billionaire entrepreneur who cofounded PayPal, is a Burning Man loyalist, and the Winklevoss twins were there last year.

Norquist attended last year as a guest of co-founder Larry Harvey.

“They’re doing some very interesting things,” he said.