Firebrand attorney Michael Avenatti, who got politically famous representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal battle with President Trump, announced Tuesday that he will not run for the White House in 2020.
Though Avenatti for weeks has been testing the presidential race waters — along with dozens of other potential candidates — he cited family concerns in deciding against a run.
“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. But for their concerns, I would run,” Avenatti said in a statement posted to Twitter Tuesday.
Please see my statement below regarding 2020. pic.twitter.com/ztCfZUY6hA
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) December 4, 2018
Avenatti had said earlier this year that he was exploring a presidential bid. Avenatti, in August, even posted a document highlighting his position on a range of issues, titled “What I Believe.”