Operation Veep: How the Republicans secretly snuck then-VP contender Paul Ryan to meet with Mitt Romney

Olivier Knox, Shushannah Walshe, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps
Power PlayersJune 17, 2014

Top Line

At first glance, Curt Myers is just your average undergrad trying to make sure he will have a job after graduation. The only difference is that this 21-year-old’s job interview is with the voters of Brookline, Mass., where he is running as the Republican candidate for the state House of Representatives.

But even before launching his own political career, Myers had already secured a place for himself in the footnotes of political history for the role he played in 2012 presidential politics.

It all started when Myers, the son of longtime Mitt Romney aide Beth Myers, received a text message from his mom. She needed his help in carrying out a top secret mission for the Romney campaign.

"She tells me that she wants me to go pick up Paul Ryan at the Hartford Airport in Connecticut, which is about a two-hour drive from our house in Brookline,” Myers said. “She didn't really tell me what it all was for; I had an idea that it was VP related but I wasn't sure.”

At the time, no one outside of Romney’s most inner circle – not even Paul Ryan himself – knew who Romney had on his running mate short list. Myers, who remembers his mission as being “a little nerve-racking,” was told to take an illogical route home to make sure that no one was following him.

“I get to the airport and I meet him, and we drive back and neither of us is entirely sure what's going on,” Myers recalled. “It was a very tight-lipped operation … but then we get back to my house and Governor Romney then asked Congressman Ryan to be his vice presidential pick that day.”

With the cloak-and-dagger political mission now behind him, Myers is hoping to steer his own political future, with his eyes wide open to the perils of running as a Republican in blue Massachusetts.

“There is no debate as to whether Massachusetts is a blue state, and I knew that going in,” Myers said. “Where I see opportunity for success for the campaign is working on bipartisan issues that I am interested in. One of the issues that I am really interested in bringing change to is education reform."

As part of a new generation of Republicans, Myers said there are certain issues, such as gay marriage, where he feels he can find broad appeal to connect with younger voters.

“I'm proud to come from the state that was the first state to legalize gay marriage,” Myers said. “I think it is something that the majority of people my age are in favor of, and I think ultimately it's going to move to the point where it's a non-issue, and I'm happy about that."

While he acknowledged that President Obama has outperformed Republicans in mobilizing the millennial generation, he said that he doesn’t think Democrats have a monopoly on the youth vote going forward.

"I think President Obama was, or is an incredible political candidate,” he said. “I think he does a great job of connecting with people personally, but … I don't think that means a Republican candidate who can share a lot of experiences with the younger generation can't connect with them.”

Like any college student nearing graduation, Myers said he’s keeping his eyes open for a back-up plan job should his hopes of elected office not come to fruition; but for now, he said his focus is on winning.

For more of the interview with Myers, and to hear what role his political adviser mom is playing in his campaign, check out this episode of “Top Line.”

ABC News’ Alexandra Dukakis, Gary Westphalen, Melissa Young and Pat Glass contributed to this episode.