O'Rourke: 'Avenatti does not represent' most Democrats

Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeEntrepreneur touts big solutions, endorsements in discussing presidential bid Dem pollster: Texas, Georgia diversifying because they are 'centers for opportunity' Cruz brushes off question about campaign claim on O'Rourke paying for caravan MORE (Texas) said high-profile lawyer Michael Avenatti does not represent most Democrats.

“Avenatti does not represent us,” O'Rourke, a three-term congressman running for U.S. Senate in Texas, told The New York Times in a column published Friday. O'Rourke added that American voters have a "real concern about civility" in today's politics.

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O'Rourke made the statement when asked about Avenatti's and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEric Holder endorses Pelosi for Speaker Poll: Biden and Sanders lead 2020 Dem field, followed by Beto O'Rourke Trump's shortlist for attorney general takes shape MORE's versions of former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Barack Obama makes surprise appearance at Michelle's D.C. event Michelle Obama's stylist downplays controversy over Melania Trump jacket MORE's signature slogan, "when they go low, we go high."

"Eric Holder — what he said — that’s not where we’re at," O'Rourke added. 

Holder, speaking at a campaign event in Georgia last month, said, "When they go low, we kick them. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about."

Holder clarified later in his speech that when he says to "kick them," he doesn't mean doing anything inappropriate or illegal. The comments drew swift backlash from critics who said the former attorney general sought to incite violence against conservatives.

Avenatti tweeted in August that his motto for the next 2 1/2 years was "when they go low, we hit harder." Avenatti has been vocal about his intentions to potentially launch a 2020 presidential bid against President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE.

O'Rourke's comments about Avenatti and Holder come just days before the midterm elections, as Democrats aim to retake control of the House and possibly the Senate. 

O'Rourke is vying to unseat incumbent Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDemocratic strategist warns Beto should be ‘careful’ with social media presence Hillary advisers battle over whether she’ll run in 2020 O'Rourke writes blog post describing a literal run from near the capitol to near the White House MORE (R-Texas) on Tuesday. Texas has not elected a Democrat to the Senate in three decades, but polls show the race is tight. 

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race as a toss-up.