DCCC welcomes 'Rep. Ben Wyatt' ahead of 'Parks and Rec' special episode

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) welcomed “Rep. Ben Wyatt,” a character played by actor Adam Scott, to its ranks ahead of the “Parks and Recreation” reunion special set to air Thursday.

The DCCC tweeted out a welcoming message for the fictional Wyatt as “our newest Frontline member” with an image from the episode showing him as the representative of Indiana’s 9th Congressional District. 

“As the former Mayor of Partridge, Rep. Wyatt knows the meaning of creativity and hard work,” the tweet read, referring to the NBC sitcom character's backstory in Minnesota. “Ben also created the popular game Cones of Dunshire. After flipping this R+13 district, we know he can win big in November again.”


The tweet came after Jessica Taylor, a Cook Political Report editor, pointed out that it appeared Wyatt had “somehow” flipped a deeply red district currently represented by Rep. Trey HollingsworthJoseph (Trey) Albert HollingsworthThe Hill's Morning Report - For Biden, it goes from bad to worse GOP lawmaker adheres to term limit pledge, won't run for reelection Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (R-Ind.). It launched a debate on Twitter over if the character would actually identify as a liberal or conservative. 

The "Parks and Rec" reunion episode, which was all shot from the cast’s homes, plans to raise funds for food assistance for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The proceeds will go to Feeding America. 

The show's seven-season run on NBC concluded in 2015.