Every week, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we sat down with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) to talk “Blazing Saddles” and summer cocktails.
Q: What’s your favorite movie? And what’s your favorite line? A: “Blazing Saddles.” I loved Mel Brooks. Every scene in that movie is a classic. It points out racism, points out prejudice, a lot of fallacies. A lot of lines in it are so perfect. “You’d do it for Randolph Scott!”
Q: Do you have a favorite drink? A: A Pimm’s Cup cocktail. It’s English summer liqueur, a gin-based fruit liqueur. It’s a summertime cocktail.
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? A: My father, President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
Q: Who’s your best friend in Congress? A: Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.)
Q: If you could have any job other than being a Congressman, what would it be? A: I’d be the commissioner of the NBA. I absolutely, totally love sports, and I would do everything I could to rig the whole thing to help Memphis win the championship.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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