As the country awaits the outcome of the legal battle between Norm Coleman and Al Franken, two Minnesota high schoolers found the political opponents in an unlikely spot Monday evening: only feet away from each other on a flight to Washington.
Walking onto the commercial plane, the Blake School students spotted Coleman sitting in first class, only to find Franken moments later in coach.
The students were flying to D.C. with several parents to compete in National History Day, said Matt Hill, a staff member of History Day in Minnesota, who announced the odd sighting on Twitter after speaking with them.
“They said it was a very weird plane ride because the plane wasnâ€™t very big and nobody was talking to either one,” Hill said. “Everyone was playing very Minnesota Nice about it.”
Tom Erickson, a spokesman for Coleman,Â said his boss was traveling to Washington Monday night to attend an event held by the Republican Jewish Coalition, where he is a consultant. Coleman has since returned to Minnesota.
“The first I heard about the fact that they might have been on the same flight was on Twitter,” Erickson said, adding that he has not had a chance to ask Coleman about the incident.
Franken’s press office did not return calls for comment.