Conan hosting fundraiser for Al Franken

The Minnesota senator is facing a potentially tough reelection campaign in 2014

By Jillian Rayfield

Published March 19, 2013 9:31PM (EDT)

Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat and former comedian and "Saturday Night Live" cast member, is facing a potentially tough reelection fight in 2014. So his old friends in the comedy world are coming together to help him raise some cash.

CNN reports:

Conan O'Brien, who worked with Franken as a writer on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s and 90s, is raffling tickets to brunch at his home in April, with the contributions going to Franken's re-election effort.

"I'm having my friend Al - and some of his best supporters - over for brunch on Sunday, April 7. And I've got room for you and a friend," O'Brien, who hosts a show on CNN's sister network TBS, wrote in an email to a list of Franken's supporters. "Al's a funny guy, a good friend, and a great Senator who always stands up for Minnesota.

"If you've always wanted to eat eggs with me, well, that's kind of a weird lifelong dream. But this could be your chance to make it come true," Conan added. "I hope to see you and a friend at my place on April 7. Please don't steal any silverware."

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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