Michael Avenatti, the bombastic lawyer representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her federal court fight to tell the story of her affair with President Trump, is exploring a 2020 bid for the White House, according to the Des Moines Register.
The pit bull litigator has been making a series of public appearances in the Hawkeye State, which kicks of the Democratic primary process with a caucus, to suss out his chances.
"I’m exploring a run for the presidency of the United States, and I wanted to come to Iowa and listen to people and learn about some issues that are facing the citizens of Iowa and do my homework," Avenatti told the paper on Thursday.
He roamed around the Iowa state fair to press the flesh and grin for an occasional selfie.
The high-flying, race-car-driving lawyer denied that he’s just trying to draw more attention to himself.
"I would never think to come to Iowa in order to use the state or the people of the state to raise my profile," he told the Register. "And obviously if I do this, then I intend to work hard and I know that ultimately the trust of the citizens of Iowa is going to have to be earned."
Avenatti said that he’ll bring his pugnacious courtroom style to the political arena.
“I think there’s a huge appetite within the party for a fighter," he said. "I think the party has yearned for a fighter — a fighter for good, if you will — for a significant period of time. And for many, I’m probably seen as that individual."
He’s giving the keynote speech at the Democratic Wing Ding fundraiser on Friday.
"I would like to think people would take me seriously," he said. "And I think, hopefully, the message that I deliver tomorrow night will be well received by Iowa Democrats."
Avenatti will also make a public appearance with U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who both have declared there intention to run.