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 McCarthySunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election House to vote on resolution affirming peaceful transition of power Ginsburg becomes the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol 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 IssaDCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to 'Red to Blue' program Wife of former Rep. Duncan Hunter sentenced to 8 months of home confinement Harris endorses Democrat in tight California House race MORE (R-Calif.) was “less interested,” Norquist said.

One potential Republican presidential candidate left the door open.

Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRon Paul hospitalized in Texas The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' Rand Paul says he can't judge 'guilt or innocence' in Breonna Taylor case 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.