If you ask Sam Brownback about Paul Ryan, he talks about deer urine.
Brownback, Kansas' former governor and Ryan’s mentor, recounted In a December 2016 interview with The Star an early experience when Ryan worked for him in the 1990s while Brownback served in Congress.
Ryan, the House speaker, announced Wednesday that this year will be his last in the House.
In 2016, the mention of Ryan’s name caused Brownback to break out in laughter.
“And the funniest story about Paul Ryan was when he comes into the office on the weekend one time,” Brownback said. “And I think it may have been during the Contract with America time, but it was real busy and so the staff was getting together on the weekend to make sure they're ready for the next week and he comes in and people go, 'What's that smell?! Yuck!' And Paul was in his camo stuff and he had deer urine on him, and he said, 'Well, that'd be me. I have deer urine on.' "
Earlier in the interview, Brownback mentioned how determined the young Ryan was during the negotiation process for the job in Brownback's office.
“And I just thought he was too young, so I tried to get him down in price,” Brownback said. “We still joke around with the guys I had back there, 'Remember when we tried to get him down in price and we said, "Well, we'll offer you the assistant legislative director because we think you're too young to be legislative director"?' And he says, 'No, legislative director, full play,' and I went, 'Well, OK, I guess we'll do it.' ”
Another Kansas Republican, U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Overland Park, praised Ryan on Wednesday after the speaker announced he would not seek re-election.
"His strong legacy of leadership on tax cuts for middle class families, record job growth, and rebuilding our military will not be forgotten. I’m confident our majority will be in good hands moving forward as we continue to fight for the American people and their priorities," Yoder said in a statement.