Cloak-and-Dagger in the Paul Ryan Vice-Presidential Pick
Mitt Romney's vice-presidential pick traveled to Brookline incognito earlier in the month to discuss Paul Ryan's place on the campaign.
Rumors of the Paul Ryan pick were swirling late Friday night before Mitt Romney's official press conference and iPhone App announcement on Saturday morning, but the story behind the pick plays out a little like a spy movie.
On Aug. 5, Huffington Post reports, Paul Ryan disguised himself in a baseball cap and sunglasses, and set off for New England. He was met at the airport by the son of Romney Senior Advisor Beth Myers, a Brookline resident, who collected the Congressman in a rented SUV.
Ryan had lunch with Myers, her family, and others for a short while before Romney showed up and discussed the vice presidential pick with Ryan. They then went their separate ways and said nothing for the following week.
Local press have been camped outside of Ryan's Home, but he managed to elude them and escape to Norfolk, Virginia for the announcement. ABC also reports he used body doubles watching media from his second story window.
He joked with reporters afterwards. CNN reports him saying "I just went out my back door, went through the gully in the woods I grew up playing in. I walked past the fort I built back there."
Since the announcement, Massachusetts political figures from both parties have responded. Fellow GOP members believe Ryan will galvanize the Republican base, while area Democrats believe his budget plan will hurt the GOP.