Rand Paul turns down Burning Man invite, says he’ll be ‘pretty busy next summer’

Busy with what? After receiving a personal challenge from Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist to join him at Burning Man next year, Senator Rand Paul told Fusion on Wednesday, “Thank you kindly for the invitation, Grover. I’ll certainly consider it, but I think I might be pretty busy next summer.” Think that’s a nod toward a possible presidential run? We’re thinking, yes.

At Burning Man, Norquist told Fusion his plans to return with a ‘dream team’ at next year’s event. The lineup includes Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and a personal challenge from Grover Norquist to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). “I think if he came out here, he’d carry the art vote,” Norquist laughed.

But if Burning Man hasn’t sold Sen. Paul, it may have a better shot with Rep. Issa.

“Thanks to Grover for naming me on his Burning Man ‘Dream Team’,” he told Fusion. “It’s clear that festival-goers are strong proponents of liberty, as well as personal responsibility. I couldn’t agree with those philosophies more. I’d love to experience the festival firsthand.”

The call is still out to Rep. McCarthy and Rep. Rohrabacher, but our buddy Grover has made his feelings clear to anyone who says no.