Rand Paul backed out of 'Parks' cameo
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House Senate Health Committee advances bipartisan package to lower health costs Senate GOP to defeat proposal requiring approval for Iran attack 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."


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 Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' 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 HatchTrump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators 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 GillibrandWarren visits migrant care shelter, says children being marched 'like little prisoners' Where 2020 Democrats stand in betting markets ahead of first debate GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats 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).