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Democrat Operatives Are Actually Working for Avenatti’s 2020 Campaign

Former Clinton, Sanders, and Gore aides are all assisting the porn star lawyer’s potential 2020 White House campaign.

By NTK Staff | 10.29.2018 @12:00pm
Democrat Operatives Are Actually Working for Avenatti’s 2020 Campaign

Mainstream Democrat aides are reportedly assisting attorney Michael Avenatti’s potential 2020 presidential campaign, according to a new report from Politico.

Best known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels, Avenatti announced in a July 4 tweet that he would run against President Trump, should he run for a second term. Since then, he has given a speech in Iowa, visited New Hampshire, and touted “encouragement” from the Democratic National Committee regarding his White House ambitions.

Despite Avenatti’s perceived seriousness about his plans to run in 2020, it’s still surprising to hear that Democrats who once worked for the likes of Al Gore, President Bill Clinton, and Ready For Hillary are aiding the controversial attorney.

Two sources close to the Avenatti operation confirmed that John Robinson, who worked as a chief operating officer for Bernie Sanders‘ 2016 campaign and has worked with former presidential candidates John Edwards and Al Gore, has consulted with Avenatti for about two months. If Avenatti runs, he is likely to tap Robinson as his own operations chief, the sources said.

Also among those whom Avenatti regularly, but unofficially, seeks advice from is Jack Quinn, a former White House counsel under Bill Clinton.

Another experienced Democratic hand, Adam Parkhomenko, a Hillary Clinton adviser who founded the Ready for Hillary super PAC, is acting as a liaison between Avenatti and Democratic National Committee members, superdelegates, and state party leaders.

And the list doesn’t end there. Avenatti has tapped Roger Salazar, a “Sacramento -based operative” who previously worked for the Clinton White House and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, to handle media. Avenatti also hired Tracy Austin for fundraising and Amy Wills Gray to be his PAC treasurer.

Several sources reiterated that Avenatti’s 2020 campaign is “not a publicity stunt.”

“He’s absolutely the person I’m supporting in the 2020 primary, should he decide to run,” Parkhomenko told POLITICO. “I think he is 90 to 95 percent leaning toward doing it.”

Still, given his controversial past, he’ll likely run into some serious problems. For one thing, the chairman of one of the largest Democrat super PACs, Priorities USA, has tweeted skepticism toward Avenatti, which Parkhomenko attempted to rebut. He also courted controversy by stating that the Democrats’ 2020 nominee “better be a white male.”

Avenatti has said he plans to make a formal decision about running for president by January 1.

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