Will media-savvy attorney Michael Avenatti run for president in 2020? He is making no attempt to hide the fact he is considering it. Besides regular trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, he has even announced he would base his campaign headquarters in St Louis.
If he runs, that is.
Speaking to Massachusetts newspaper the Springfield Republican yesterday, however, Avenatti put a deadline on the decision-making process. He said he would made a decision within 60-90 days.
Will Avenatti run or won’t he?
Avenatti was in Boston yesterday for the opening of a new Democrat-aligned political action committee. In other words, he was burnishing his party credentials in advance of a possibly throwing his hat in the ring.
Avenatti portrays himself as Mr Right Now rather than Mr Right, saying he is the right candidate for the next election in particular. Speaking to the Republican he said:
“I think there is a very limited number of people that can actually displace this president in 2020, and I don’t think you’re going to displace him by talking about puppies and daisies and giving inspiration to America.
“I don’t consider myself to be a savior or a chosen one or anything of that nature. But I have a unique skill set for this particular moment in time as it relates to this dumpster fire of a presidency that we find ourselves having to experience.”
Perhaps the only prospective Democratic candidate to publicly refer to the Trump administration as a “dumpster fire,” few can doubt an Avenatti run would create sparks. But beyond goading the president, little is known yet about Avenatti’s political beliefs.
Yesterday’s events may shed some light on this, however.
Michael Avenatti: “big tent” Democrat?
Yesterday’s appearance in Boston was for the launch of the Left of Center PAC, which has been set up by Democratic activists Deb Kozikowski and Mara Dolan. The new group will focus on chalking up Democratic wins, even if it means supporting candidates that do not meet progressive ideals.
“We can’t afford to keep losing congressional races nationwide,” Dolan said to the Republican. “We’ve got to elect Democrats and stop excluding people simply because they don’t agree with us on absolutely everything.”
Avenatti agreed, saying, “If the party’s going to succeed, and especially if the party’s going to succeed on a national level, then we’re going to have to be more inclusive.”
A “big tent” approach to the party could be seen as self-serving for the attorney, who may feel he needs to rely on an inclusive attitude among primary voters to get the nomination.
But it also creates a distinct contrast to President Trump, who has been happy to shrink the Republican base in order to secure his hold over the party.
And if there was any doubting the seriousness of the proposed Avenatti run, one need only look at a comment he tweeted later in the day:
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 22, 2018