Guess who Rep. Paul Ryan was mistaken for

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference at the U.S. Capitol May 29, 2014 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee, Getty Images

Apparently running to become vice president of the United States isn't enough to ensure people will know who you are these days.

Or at least that's what Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., discovered recently when someone mistook him for a former House colleague who made headlines for more salacious reasons than running for vice president.

Ryan was getting on a plane when, he recounted, "The flight attendants were looking at me; and they were sort of looking at me and pointing at me. And then, finally one of them comes up to me and says, 'You're somebody famous, aren't you? Are you Anthony Weiner?'"

"I've been confused for Anthony Weiner twice now. I don't know how this keeps happening," Ryan said, according to Michigan Live.

Weiner is the former New York Democratic congressman who resigned in disgrace in 2011 after it was revealed that he sent lewd photos and messages to several women he met online.

The Wisconsin Republican, who's been mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, also said he's been mistaken for another possible presidential candidate, fellow Wisconsin GOP politician Gov. Scott Walker.

"It's so nice to finally meet you Governor Walker," Ryan said a woman told him at the Milwaukee airport after asking for a photo. "I've always wanted to meet you in person."

Ryan recounted the stories to a group of politicians, donors and supporters at an event in Michigan to thank Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., who announced that he is retiring after at the end of this term.

  • Rebecca Kaplan

    Rebecca Kaplan is a political reporter for CBSNews.com.

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