Published: Mon, August 13, 2018

Stormy Daniels' lawyer in Iowa, says it's not a stunt

Stormy Daniels' lawyer in Iowa, says it's not a stunt

His visit to the state fair came a day before he headlines the Wing Ding Dinner, an Iowa Democratic fundraiser that has always been a proving ground for presidential hopefuls.

He has not made any formal moves toward a presidential run, but he toured the Iowa State Fair on Thursday and was set to appear at the Democratic Wing Ding in Clear Lake on Friday.

'Tonight I want to suggest a different course.

"I mean, seriously, I don't need more notoriety", he said, arguing that if someone polls his name identification with Democratic voters he would place in the "top half, maybe the top third" of people considering a run.

He also said that he was not considering to run for president for publicity's sake. Organizers of the fundraiser for county Democratic organizations said they were happy to welcome him to an event that has drawn heavy hitters like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in past years. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY - are avoiding Iowa so far. But Avenatti says times have changed, adding, "Democrats need to nominate somebody who can actually beat this guy".

Known for his combative cable news appearances, Avenatti offered a relatively traditional political address that stressed his record as a self-made businessman, an advocate for underdogs and a formidable foe to President Donald Trump. "Dumb's not one", she said.

Avenatti shared the stage Friday with Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, Maryland Rep. John Delaney and businessman Andrew Yang.

Then, turning to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Burnett asked, "would you support a Michael Avenatti?". Trump allegedly paid off Daniels for an affair that occurred in July 2006. Avenatti represents children two Honduran girls shipped to NY after being separated from their parents at the Mexican border. He also dismissed criticism that he is generating buzz about a potential White House bid in an effort to raise his own profile, saying that he "would never think to come to Iowa in order to use the state".

Avenatti said he hopes his message to Democrats will be well received.

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