Dems should be skeptical

Michael Avenatti is probably the first person to go from the Hillsborough County Democrats’ Summer Picnic to the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards within the span of a single day.

That’s right. Monday, the day after Avenatti, best known for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with President Donald Trump, delivered his remarks to New Hampshire Democrats at Oak Park in Greenfield, he showed up at the VMAs in New York City. Just like Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna and other music superstars, he got the full red carpet treatment.

“Well I was invited to this great event. It’s a pretty cool event, and I thought I’d show up,” Avenatti said when asked why he was at the VMAs, according to Time magazine.

Slightly more than 24 hours earlier, Avenatti, who declares himself “a high-profile American attorney, commentator and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, California” on his website, spoke to New Hampshire Democrats. He is reportedly a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

When our reporter asked Avenatti Sunday if he will run for president, he said, “we’re on a grand tour to find out.”

Last week, Avenatti tweeted a document stating some of his political positions. He expresses support of a “Medicare for all” health plan, favors a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and calls climate change an “urgent threat.”

“He may be the worst president ever,” Avenatti said Sunday of Trump, “but he beat 17 opponents. He knows how to fight.”

Quite frankly, we are not sure what to make of Avenatti at this point. Is he a serious presidential candidate, or is he merely seeking publicity? Does he have any legitimate qualifications for seeking the nation’s highest office? Did he take Stormy Daniels’ case simply to place himself in opposition to Trump, all the while planning to run for president?

We hope these are questions New Hampshire Democrats consider when it comes to Avenatti the next time he shows up in the Granite State.