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Al Franken and Tina Fey texts were just banter, senator says

Sen. Al Franken says what might have appeared to be a dust-up between former “Saturday Night Live” alums — some texting between him and Tina Fey about her reluctance to contribute to the senator’s campaign fund — was all in good fun.

“It was banter between friends. Tina certainly knew I was kidding,” Franken said.

His press secretary Ed Shelleby sent the quote after we ran an item based on a Philadelphia paper’s gossip item from an interview with Fey, who is promoting a new book.

Fey told the paper that she’d avoided Franken’s attempts to hit her up for a campaign contribution, and when he won — after the lengthy recount — she texted: “See, you didn’t need my $4,000 to win after all.”

Franken, she said, texted back a blunt, two-word message.

Those wacky comedians. Those wacky gossip columnists.

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