Almost everyone who knows Rep. Paul Ryan’s name, knows that he is a conservative legislator from Wisconsin, the point-man for the GOP on budgets. And we all know what he wants to do to: cut government spending. Obamacare, gone. Medicare and Medicaid, altered dramatically.
But there is a new profile of him out today in the New York Times and it has a lot of the weird details about his personal life.
The first detail is this: Ryan roams the halls listening of Congress listening to (left-wing) anarchist band, Rage Against The Machine. That might shock fans of Ryan or Rage. Later in the story we also learn that he listens to Led Zeppelin.
The second detail is maybe even weirder. He noodles catfish. What is that? Ever see a commercial for the reality-television program “Hillbilly Hand-Fishin“? It’s just that. It is fishing for catfish by sticking your fist into the water and waiting for the fish to clomp down on your hand.
“They come up on your hand, and you just squeeze wherever you are in that fish and pull it out,” [Ryan] said with a shrug, bragging about the 40-pounder he landed two seasons ago. “I know it sounds a little crazy, but it’s really exhilarating.”
He likes bow-hunting. And he’s also a fanatical gym-rat.
The profile also notes that despite his protests to the contrary, Paul Ryan is a big admirer of libertarian novelist and theorist, Ayn Rand, and he did one drive the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile, but not professionally.
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