The Secret Service gives their charges codenames, most get to choose the codenames themselves. Paul Ryan has chosen a cool one:
Paul Ryan has chosen “Bowhunter” as his Secret Service code name, in a nod to his passion for deer stalking.
The vice-presidential candidate’s choice echoes Mitt Romney’s own selection of “Javelin” and completes an election-year line up that includesÂ Barack Obama’s “Renegade” and Joe Biden’s “Celtic”.
The Secret Service gives families codenames all beginning with the same letter, leaving Mr Ryan’s wife Janna with the gentler title of “Buttercup”, according toÂ GQ.
As well as being a fitness fanatic, Mr Ryan is an avid hunter and stalks the woods of his native Wisconsin armed with a state-of-the-art bow and a quiver of arrows.
The 42-year-old congressman is the only passionate hunter on either ticket and has turned his hobby into an electoral asset.
In an interview for the cover story of this month’s Deer and Deer Hunter magazine he describes how his Winchester rifle was “shaking in my hands” as he killed his first deer at the age of 16.He also reveals how be bought his 10-year-old daughter a rifle for Christmas and brought all three of his three young children into the hunting stands with him.
Yep “Bowhunter” is much better than “Gym Bunny”