Did Mitt Romney cost Paul Ryan the barbecue of his dreams?
That just may be the case, according to one of Ryan’s House colleagues.
Representative Kevin McCarthy, one-third of the House Republican “Young Guns” — a trio that includes Ryan — recounted today that before Ryan was selected as Romney’s running mate, he mentioned a possible consolation prize if he were to be passed over.
McCarthy, recounting a meeting with Ryan before House members left Washington for the summer recess, explained: “He goes, `I have this barbecue that I really would like to buy, but it’s kind of expensive. I could put ribs on there, go away for six hours and then come back. My wife told me if I don’t get selected, I can go get that barbecue.”’
While McCarthy didn’t know the make or model of the grill, it does appear that Ryan’s selection to run as the No. 2 on the Republican ticket put a hold on his rib-making.
“When he gets selected in Virginia, he calls me that day and I ask him, `Can you still get the barbecue?”’ McCarthy told a group of reporters a couple of blocks away from the convention floor where Ryan will address the nation tomorrow.
Ryan’s response, according to McCarthy: “I can’t push my wife.”