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Michael Avenatti’s abrupt announcement Tuesday that he’s taking himself out of the hunt for the White House followed a string of personal and professional controversies – but perhaps more importantly, they came as he was already struggling to connect during visits to early-voting primary states.
“After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the Presidency of the United States in 2020. I do not make this decision lightly—I make it out of respect for my family,” the high-octane Los Angeles-based attorney said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Please see my statement below regarding 2020. pic.twitter.com/ztCfZUY6hA
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) December 4, 2018
Avenatti – who called for fighting fire with fire to take on President Trump – emphasized he’s worried Democrats will nominate a presidential candidate in 2020 who “has no chance of beating Donald Trump.”
And he vowed, in a statement to Fox News, that “I will remain active because I am deeply concerned about the need for a winner.”
But even before his announcement, Aventatti’s potential campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination appeared to be fizzling for a variety of reasons.
In New Hampshire, which holds the first-in-the-nation primary, some politicos made clear they were highly skeptical of his water-testing visits.
“I think in New Hampshire we’re a pretty discriminating audience, and your personal and professional life kind of have to be in order – and it seemed like that started to unravel with him a little bit,” Granite State-based attorney and Democratic activist Jay Surdukowski said.
Avenatti grabbed the national spotlight while representing adult actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against the president over a non-disclosure agreement she signed before the 2016 presidential election regarding alleged sexual encounters with Trump. Avenatti became a household name to many, thanks to his very frequent guest appearances on CNN and MSNBC where he repeatedly lambasted the president.
And his trips in August to Iowa and New Hampshire grabbed plenty of coverage from the national media as he mulled a Democratic nomination bid.
As he took aim at Trump, his message to other potential Democratic White House hopefuls was that the 2020 “election is going to be a brutal, knockdown, street fight, and if someone’s not up for that type of campaign, they need to stay home and not seek the nomination.”
He received loud applause from the hundreds of activists who traveled to rural Greenfield, N.H., in August to listen to Avenatti headline the Hillsborough County summer picnic and fundraiser. His appearance turned what could have been a sleepy gathering into a high-profile and lucrative event.
Longtime New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley personally drove a couple of hours to Boston’s Logan Airport to pick up Avenatti and bring him to the party gathering.
“I think early on Avenatti was very intriguing to a lot of folks because he made sort of a natural foil to the president,” said Surdukowski, who was New Hampshire co-chairman for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“He was sort of unabashed in kind of going after Trump on Twitter. This whole ‘basta,’ enough, this sort of rallying cry. I think he had that kind of spark,” he added.
But his second visit to New Hampshire in late September, when Avenatti headlined a Plymouth Area Democrats get-out-the-vote rally and fundraiser, appeared to elicit a more low-key response and garnered less national media coverage.
In his final stop in New Hampshire – in late October – his only public event was a meet-and-greet with about a dozen young party activists and volunteers at the Rockingham County Democrats headquarters in Exeter.
By then, distractions off the campaign trail may have started to catch up with Avenatti.
While he was in New Hampshire, a judge in California ordered Avenatti to pay $4.85 million to an attorney who worked at his former law firm. The ruling held Avenatti personally liable in a lawsuit over back pay.
“We are going to appeal it,” he vowed. “I think the judgment’s going to be thrown out. There are some significant problems with the judgment.”
There was also a chorus of criticism by fellow Democrats over his personal involvement in the controversial Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.
Jumping in near the end of the confirmation process, Avenatti lobbed explosive allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh as he represented one of the nominee’s accusers. Some critics said Avenatti’s strategy backfired and actually helped feed the perception by Republicans that Kavanaugh was being unfairly attacked.
Since the midterm election, Avenatti’s had to deal with two more controversies.
Last month, he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence against his now-former girlfriend. The Los Angeles district attorney declined to charge him with a felony. But the case was moved to the office of the city attorney, which is mulling misdemeanor charges.
Avenatti maintained he has “never struck a woman” and predicted he would be “fully exonerated.”
Further, he appeared to have a spat with his famous client. Daniels claimed in an interview with The Daily Beast last week that he filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump against her wishes and that he failed to give her a full accounting of how he spent more than a half-million dollars raised on a crowdfunding site for her legal fees.
That apparent tiff appears to have been patched up, with Daniels walking back some of her claims and reportedly saying they’ve “straightened s— out” and Avenatti saying in his statement Tuesday that “I will continue to represent Stormy Daniels.”
But the political damage may have been done.
“Anybody can run for president and make the trip to New Hampshire, but at the end of the day your own house has to be in order and I think people kind of caught on to that rather quickly, and that’s my guess why he fizzled out,” Surdukowski said. “It was going to be a non-starter once all the skeletons came to light.”
New Hampshire Young Democrats Executive Director Amelia Keane pointed to Avenatti’s demeanor.
She noted that “there was a lot of initial excitement for Avenatti.”
But Keane, who met with Avenatti on his final trip to the state, added that his style was “more brash than most Democrats are used to.”
Two New Hampshire Democrats, who asked to remain anonymous in order to speak more freely, were less diplomatic.
“I was wary of him from the get-go,” said a longtime Granite State-based lawyer and Democratic activist. “I didn’t think he was the type of candidate that would do well here. I thought he was too aggressive and frankly I was unsure of his credentials to even consider him for president.”
And a Democratic state lawmaker who also asked to remain anonymous claimed that Avenatti “was perceived as largely being a political hack, not a person of substance.”
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Yuma Mayor Declares Emergency Over Migrant Crisis – City Overrun
This story originally appeared on WeBuildTheWall.news & was edited & republished with permission:
Sounds like a humanitarian and a national security crisis to me and I’m not the only one who sees it that way. Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls just declared an emergency in his city due to what he said was the strain caused by the incoming flow of migrants. The agents and authorities are simply being overwhelmed and swarmed by these invaders.
1,800 came over the border in one day… one day! Half of those detained on Tuesday crossing over from Mexico were found in the El Paso, Texas area, according to officials. Border patrol said more than 980 were apprehended before 5 am after crossing in three large groups. Yuma is having just as rough a time of it.
Mayor Nicholls went public with this on Facebook. He explained that he “proclaimed a local emergency” in the city “due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system.” And it’s not just the sheer numbers of illegal immigrants… it’s the economic burden, the crime, the drugs, the danger to children and disease that is playing into this massive emergency state.
Nicholls is begging the government to step in and do something here. I don’t blame him in the least. They need help and fast. “I am calling upon the federal government to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yuma, as our NGO’s are overcapacity and cannot sustain providing this aid,” the post said. Here’s a thought – ship all of them to sanctuary cities just as Trump proposed. Works for me. Better yet, don’t let them in at all unless they come here legally.
From Fox News:
“Nicholls, in a video, laid out his reasoning behind the declaration, saying that he ultimately feels that its what’s best for both Yuma and the incoming migrants.
“So it’s with a heavy heart that I declare that we’re at this point but it is something that I believe we need to do to make sure that our community is maintained and that the human rights of all the migrants are also maintained and that we have a path forward that respects both,” he said.
“The city of Yuma, Ariz., also tweeted about the proclamation, citing Nicholls, claiming that released migrants were coming into the area faster than they were leaving.
“The move by the local official comes after President Trump declared a national emergency at the nation’s southern border earlier this year.”
Mayor: Migrants being released into the community faster than they are departing, and shelters and the staff to run them are at max capacity. A state of emergency is declared.
— City of Yuma (@cityofyuma) April 16, 2019
“The transportation network is just insufficient to keep up with demand,” Nicholls said. “And the backlog of people staying at the shelter has created this capacity issue.” The media and the left are playing it up that the poor illegal immigrants don’t have money for bus fare to go to relatives while they await their court date. But the issue here is that they should not be here in the first place.
Now, the city is hoping for a FEMA response. In signing the declaration, Nicholls said he hopes to draw national attention to the plight of local communities struggling with a federal issue, adding that he’s talking to officials in other border cities and calling on them to issue similar emergency declarations. The mayor stated that he had spoken to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who signaled his support for the declaration.
Today I proclaimed a local emergency in Yuma, due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system. I am calling upon the federal government to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yuma, as our NGO’s are overcapacity and cannot sustain providing this aid. I signed the proclamation of emergency and soon after spoke with media at approximately 3:15 pm (MST). You can view via the video below:
Posted by Douglas Nicholls, Yuma Mayor on Tuesday, April 16, 2019
“We will review any declaration once we receive it,” according to a statement Tuesday night from Patrick Ptak, a Ducey spokesman. “Ultimately, this humanitarian crisis is the result of Congress’ failure to act. It will only be solved by Congress actually doing something, and the governor has vocally urged Congress to quit playing politics and take action. If only they would.
“In the wake of their inaction, our office is working with local governments, non-profits and our federal partners to maximize available resources and ensure proper coordination between ICE officials and groups providing temporary services to migrants.”
I rolled into Mexico illegally, and came back into the USA… upon entering I got free healthcare, dental, welfare and cash in my pocket. It was that easy. @DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump @RealJamesWoods @Education4Libs @IngrahamAngle @gehrig38 @SheriffClarke @NeilWMcCabe2 pic.twitter.com/8BHuqGbaZA
— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) April 11, 2019
Nicholls fears hungry migrants roaming the streets. He should fear much worse than that. “This isn’t a natural disaster,” Nicholls said. “But it is a disaster.”
“… the local emergency exceeds control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of the City of Yuma and requires the combined efforts, cooperation, and resources of the Yuma community including local and non-profit agencies such as the Red Cross, Catholic Community Services, The Salvation Army, Yuma Community Food Bank, churches, the County of Yuma, the State of Arizona, and the United States of America,” the statement said.
It’s long past time for the wall to be built and We Build The Wall should start their project this month. Meanwhile, President Trump is still scratching and fighting for every mile of barrier put up. Put the blame of all this where it belongs… squarely on the left. #WeBuildTheWall
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