Al Franken Rocks Paul Simon Connection

Posted September 30, 2013 at 2:38pm

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken is dangling a major-league get in front of those who might be on the fence about giving to his re-election campaign: an intimate evening with award-winning musician Paul Simon.

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Franken bills the semi-secret show — his famously media averse press office declined to tell HOH anything about the upcoming performance, scheduled to take place somewhere in D.C. on Friday  — as the “Best Concert Ever” on his campaign site.

Potential attendees are, of course, invited to contribute anywhere from $5 to $2,600 for the chance to huddle with the activist crooner (estimated value of prize: $3,000), but no money need change hands to actually enter. All entries must be received by 11:59 tonight.

“Sen. Franken has known Paul Simon for 38 years (he was one of the hosts the first season of “Saturday Night Live”) and they have kept in touch ever since,” was all a Franken aide would say of the boss’s relationship with the celebrated singer. The duo could certainly have a long and illustrious history together, given that Simon appeared on SNL, either as host or as the featured musical act, at least nine times during Franken’s roughly 15 years on the show.