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Heard on the Hill: The Frankens’ Guide to Holiday Fun

“Saturday Night Live” writer/performer-turned- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and his wife, Franni, are evidently filled with the holiday spirit. First, the Senator helped arrange this week’s wildly successful Senate Secret Santa thing. Now his contribution includes hawking political talking points as office party icebreakers, while his wife recently took the good Samaritan route.

Al delivered a season’s greeting into our inbox chronicling this painfully familiar scenario:

“You’re at the office holiday party. You’re stuck talking to that guy who works in Accounts Payable. What’s his name again? Dave? Dan? Boy, that’s an ugly sweater he’s wearing. And, of course, in an effort not to mention the sweater, you start talking about the latest awesome email from our campaign about our fight for working families. But Dave (Doug?) looks at you blankly. He must not be on our email list. How awkward.”

Al’s solution? Rope your loved (or even not-so-much) ones into subscribing to the Senator’s email chain, Twitter feed or Facebook page. That way, “When you run into Don (no, wait, it’s Dave), you’ll have something to talk about: fighting for the middle class.”

Rather than trying to gin up virtual affection, Franni earned some real love from a frantic Capitol Hill worker.

Our tipster told HOH they park in a rented spot back in the neighborhood and must have absentmindedly dropped their keys recently whilst exiting the vehicle. Franni happened upon the misplaced keys, traced them back to the corresponding vehicle (she clicked the disarm button and then followed the sound of the deactivated alarm) and graciously returned them to the nearby residence.

“[She] didn’t give her name until asked. Very NICE!” the appreciative tipster said of Franni’s commute-saving actions.

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