Lawyer for Stormy Daniels “toured the Iowa State Fair Thursday posing for selfies with fans”
Michael Avenatti is looking for an extension on his fifteen minutes of fame. He has announced that he is seriously considering a run for president in 2020. He is even visiting Iowa on a listening tour.
Brianne Pfannenstiel reports at the Des Moines Register:
Michael Avenatti in Iowa: ‘I’m exploring a run for the presidency of the United States’
Michael Avenatti has arrived in Iowa.
After three canceled flights and a 700-mile road trip, the lawyer known for representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her case against Republican President Donald Trump, is ready to put his stake in the ground in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
“I’m exploring a run for the presidency of the United States, and I wanted to come to Iowa and listen to people and learn about some issues that are facing the citizens of Iowa and do my homework,” Avenatti told the Des Moines Register in an interview Thursday.
Avenatti, who rose to prominence as an outspoken critic of the president, toured the Iowa State Fair Thursday posing for selfies with fans. He is scheduled to speak at the Democratic Wing Ding fundraiser Friday night in Clear Lake.
That event, a celebrated platform for presidential hopefuls and rising stars alike, hosted Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in 2015. Then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama headlined the event during his first run for president in 2007.
He hasn’t been shy about his aspirations on Twitter:
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) August 11, 2018
Anyone that thinks the Dem party can nominate another career politician like the other 16/17 Trump beat in 2016 and defeat him in 2020 is kidding themselves. What makes you think #18 is going to be different? All the experience in the world means nothing unless you can beat him.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) August 10, 2018
Here’s a short video from Time where he talks about why he is doing it:
Some of the folks at MSNBC seem to be open to the idea. Except for Washington Post “conservative” Jennifer Rubin, who thinks this would be a big mistake.
Paul Crookston writes at the Washington Free Beacon:
MSNBC Panelists: Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer ‘Stands Out’ as 2020 Contender
Michael Avenatti, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels’ lawyer and a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, is getting serious consideration from MSNBC as the next commander in chief.
Avenatti traveled to the Iowa State Fair and said Thursday he is pondering a run for the presidency, touting his ability to “take the fight to this president.” MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” devoted a whole segment to analyzing his chances to win, with host Nicolle Wallace asking, “Why not?”
Wallace said Avenatti’s massage of being a “fighter,” telling his personal story, and connecting with voters “hit a lot of the right notes.” He talked about shaking up Washington, which Wallace likened to Trump’s own populist rise…
The lone dissenter on Avenatti’s prospects was Jennifer Rubin, a Washington Post columnist.
“Just because Donald Trump ran as a celebrity and has become the worst president in history, doesn’t mean the Democrats should duplicate it,” Rubin said.
She said Democrats are different from Republicans because “they do care about some of the policy issues.”
Watch the segment below:
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