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 McCarthySteve King says he will run again in 2020: 'I have nothing to apologize for' Steve King spins GOP punishment into political weapon Steve King asks for Congressional Record correction over white supremacist quote 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.

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“He’s expressed interest,” Norquist said.

He also said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) is considering it. Rep. Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaThe Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles Senate throws hundreds of Trump nominees into limbo MORE (R-Calif.) was “less interested,” Norquist said.

One potential Republican presidential candidate left the door open.

Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report — Emergency declaration to test GOP loyalty to Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The 10 GOP senators who may break with Trump on emergency 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.