Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we chat with Rep. Allen West. The Florida Republican’s answers reveal a proud U.S. military veteran, though they do make us wonder why a guy from the citrus-heavy Sunshine State prefers cranberry juice to orange.
Q: What team will win the NBA finals?
A: I am actually more focused on next year’s college football season and am hoping my University of Tennessee Volunteers finally get a bowl game. For the NBA, of course being from South Florida, we wish the Miami Heat well.
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone (aside from your family), who would it be and why?
A: The coach of the West Point football team so I can finally get a definitive date on when Army will finally beat Navy.
Q: What’s your favorite drink?
A: Cranberry juice — straight up!
Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: “Spartacus,” “Gladiator,” “Glory,” “Braveheart” ... all about sacrifice for principles!
Q: Who is your best friend in Congress?
A: I have 86 Republican freshman colleagues, and I consider them all my very new best friends.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.