Take Five

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted April 29, 2012 at 11:56pm

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.