Paul Ryan's Secret Service code name is reportedly "Bowhunter"

The veep candidate's moniker invokes his rugged hobby

Published September 4, 2012 4:42PM (EDT)

Paul Ryan, the soon-to-be cover boy of Deer and Deer Hunting, has reportedly picked Secret Service code name "Bowhunter." According to GQRyan's wife, Janna, is known as "Buttercup." Spouses' code names use the same first letter, like Sarah and Todd Palin, who were "Denali" and "Driller," respectively.

GQ previously reported that Mitt Romney's code name is "Javelin." Also, just because, former George W. Bush Chief of Staff Josh Bolten was code-named "Fatboy," after his Harley Davidson.

By Jillian Rayfield

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