Take Five: Rep. Brad Wenstrup
It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to his or her legislative work.
This week Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, talks medicine, food and high-school football.
Q. You practiced medicine for a number of years. What is the biggest difference between your time as a doctor and your time now as a representative?
A. When you’re a doctor, you see a patient and you’re presented with a problem and you make your diagnosis. Then you present the treatment plan and then you go through with the patient explaining how long it will take, what you have to do and you go and solve the problem. In D.C., I feel like I can make a diagnosis and even have a treatment plan, but I’ve got to convince 535 others that this is the way to go and so that makes it a little bit different. But it’s still problem-solving on either end; it’s addressing an issue and coming up with a solution for it as best you can.
Q. You also served in Iraq. What was the most meaningful experience you had during your time in the Army?
A. Well it was really the most violent time of the war and I tell people it was the worst thing I ever had to do, but at the same time the best thing that I ever got to do. By that I mean the people that you serve with, and you see how well people can come together for one cause, one common mission, and you’re all wearing the same clothes and it’s just amazing how politics is so far removed from really what you’re doing on your mission and that’s just an interesting dynamic. I’m certainly glad that I had the opportunity to experience that in my life.
Q. What is your favorite movie and why?
A. One of my favorite movies that I ever watched was “The Sting.” One, I always liked Paul Newman. I thought he was a class act and always carried himself well as a person, and you know as we saw later in his life, a philanthropist. It was a clever movie and it pulled me, and I think that’s why I liked it: Because I fell for it, I fell for the sting while I was watching the movie.
Q. You are also a Cincinnati native. How does the food in Washington stack up against The Queen City?
A. I think they both have a lot to be proud of — there are plenty of fine restaurants in D.C. and there are plenty in Cincinnati, and thank you for recognizing some of the culinary expertise Cincinnati has.
Q. Finally, as a St. Xavier High School graduate, which has become a football powerhouse recently and is in the top 25 again this year, do you have any predictions for the Bombers?
A. Well I went to the game last week and they beat a team from Indianapolis called Ben Davis, and Ben Davis is kind of like the Colerain of Indianapolis … Ben Davis had beaten Indy Cathedral the week before and St. X trounced them … so things are looking pretty good.