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April 17, 2014

Take Five

Take Five

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s Recess Monday, when HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) talks about his preference for Spider-Man over Batman and the most memorable concert he attended.

Q: Your father was a dentist for 50 years. Did he ever work on your teeth?
A: He did. Soft hands.

Q: You’ve been a judge and a Member of Congress. Who’s the most fascinating person you’ve met during your time in public life?
A: Oh boy. [Michigan Democratic Rep.] John Conyers would be one person that would come to mind. I have great admiration for John. He’s been here since the Voting Rights Act was first enacted back in 1965. … He loves music, he loves legislation, good command of the English language, good sense of humor, well-respected back at home, had a relationship with Martin Luther King Jr., gave Rosa Parks a job in her later years in life.

Q: What’s the most memorable concert you’ve been to?
A: James Brown. I went to one of his concerts many, many years ago.

Q: North Carolina is home to a number of professional athletic franchises, except a Major League Baseball team. Would you like to see an MLB team in the Tar Heel State?
A: I’d love to see a Major League Baseball team in North Carolina. We have football, basketball, hockey, we need a baseball team. Absolutely.

Q: This summer, the Batman and Spider-Man franchises are coming out with new movies. Which of the two superheroes do you prefer?
A: I’d pick Spider-Man over Batman any day. Spider-Man is comprehensive and multitalented.

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