Heard on the Hill

Take Five With Rep. Mary Bono Mack

Tuesday is here again, which means HOH brings you another exclusive look at a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) talks about shoes, gymnastics and Sandra Bullock. Q: When you have time, what types of websites do you like to frequent? A: I typically start with Google News, and it takes me to other sites from there. A site I go to late at night when I’m trying to sleep is Zappos.com. It’s a site that sells shoes, and I like to window shop online, but I never really buy any. Q: You graduated from the University of Southern California, majoring in art and art history. Who are some of your favorite artists? A: Susan Jackson, she’s a contemporary artist. I have two of her pieces displayed in my house in California. But over the course of history, I would have to say I like the early impressionists because it was really very whimsical and uplifting art. Q: When you were a gymnast, which event was your favorite to compete in? A: I was a gymnast for 10 years, from ages 8 to 18. I’m 5 feet, 8 inches, so it’s probably not the best sport to get into. Floor exercise and vaulting were my favorite events. I hated the beam and balance bars. The beam is probably why I quit. I hated the beam. Q: As the former owner of Bono restaurant in Palm Springs, where do you go now to satisfy your food palate? A: Well, is a meat-and-potatoes guy, so we generally go where Connie can get his meat and potatoes. But when I’m not with him, my favorite foods are Mexican and Indian. My favorite Indian dish is chicken tikka and saag paneer. I grew up in California, and there is a lot of good Mexican food there. I like all of it. Q: What actress would play you in a movie based on the story of your life? A: It’s a tossup, but I will go with Sandra Bullock. I don’t know that she would want to play me, and I don’t know if my story is interesting enough to be featured in a movie, but I am a huge fan of hers. I watch all of her movies, and poor Connie has to sit through them. I’m a chick-flick person; I can watch those over and over again and laugh.