Senator Al Franken (D-MN) “kicked off his mentorship of freshman Republican Sen. Rand Paul (KY) on Thursday as the pair met for their first official mentoring session,” the Star Tribune reports.
While Franken and Paul may not have much political common ground, they have struck up one of the more unlikely bonds of the 112th Congress.
Franken’s spokesman Ed Shelleby said Franken talked with Paul about things that he found helpful as a new senator, when the Minnesota Democrat was thrown into the Senate mid-year following his recount court battle. Paul and Franken also “continued their conversation about areas they might work on together.”
The Senate’s orientation program “gives freshman members both a Democratic and Republican mentor.”
Paul’s other mentor is Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.