Rand Paul backed out of 'Parks' cameo
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen Bottom line Trump: I have not read Mueller report, 'though I have every right to do so' MORE (R-Ky.) turned down a cameo on the NBC television show "Parks and Recreation" at the last minute, its co-creator said in an interview published Wednesday.

"We also wanted Rand Paul to be in the Washington episode, and he agreed, but then bailed at the eleventh hour," Mike Schur said in a conversation with HitFix. "I think he thought we were making fun of him, or something, which we were not, at all. We were in fact flattering him, by linking him to Ron. I get the sense that maybe interpreting writing and humor is not his strong suit."

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Another dream guest star wasn't possible thanks to the show's three-year time jump in its final season. Schur said they'd always wanted to have likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 Chuck Todd slams reports that DOJ briefed Trump on Mueller findings: 'This is actual collusion' Crowdfund campaign to aid historically black churches hit by fires raises over M MORE appear, but set in 2017 "we would've had to have answered a question that she probably wouldn't have wanted us to even pose at this point."

The Amy Poehler-helmed show had a longstanding relationship with Washington notables before it finished its run last month. 

 
The show even managed to get members from opposite sides of the aisle to joke around together: Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchHatch warns 'dangerous' idea of court packing could hurt religious liberty Former Democratic aide pleads guilty to doxing GOP senators attending Kavanaugh hearing How do we prevent viral live streaming of New Zealand-style violence? MORE (R-Utah) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) spent a meeting in a recent episode with Poehler's character, Leslie Knope, talking about their passion for "Polynesian folk music." Boxer, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Energy: Gillibrand offers bill to ban pesticide from school lunches | Interior secretary met tribal lawyer tied to Zinke casino dispute | Critics say EPA rule could reintroduce asbestos use Trump says he'd like to run against Buttigieg Gillibrand introduces bill to ban harmful pesticide from school lunch MORE (D-N.Y.) and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright also appeared in that episode.
 
 
Though Paul turned down the appearance, he's no stranger to humor himself. He and his team have become known for their offbeat attacks on other possible presidential candidates, like a faux phone call between former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Hillary Clinton (D).