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 Owen McCarthyOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil 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 IssaTrump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency Overnight Energy: Watchdog to investigate EPA over Hurricane Harvey | Panel asks GAO to expand probe into sexual harassment in science | States sue over methane rules rollback Green group targets California GOP House candidates in new ads MORE (R-Calif.) was “less interested,” Norquist said.

One potential Republican presidential candidate left the door open.

Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulA Senator Gary Johnson could be good not just for Libertarians, but for the Senate too Conservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill 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.