Ever since President Trump shocked much of the world by winning the White House in 2016, there has been an increase in people looking to run for office, while political circles are worried that his victory would inspire a why-not-me caucus of imitators in 2020, writes The New York Times. But the first potential presidential candidate following in Trump’s path is not another ambitious private-sector mogul, but is instead, another cable news fixture who is busy on Twitter and gained notority from his connections to a photogenic woman. Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’s lawyer and Trump critic, is considering running for president.
“I’m strongly considering it — it’s going to have a lot to do with who enters the race,” Mr. Avenatti said in an interview with The Times.
Avenatti will be speaking Iowa Democrats on Friday and then will be heading to New Hampshire “within the next month.” Avenatti has never served in elected office, but has a ready answer for whether or not he is only considering running in order to get more attention.
“Anybody paying attention in the last six months knows the last thing I need is any additional publicity,” he said to The Times before talking about his “18-year, very successful legal career.”
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