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

Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Biden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump attacks on McCain rattle GOP senators 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.


O'Rourke made the statement when asked about Avenatti's and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left Press: Which way do Dems go in 2020? MORE's versions of former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama on 'Becoming': 'Sasha still hasn't read it' Michelle Obama seeks volunteers for local campaigns: There are 'no "off" years' Obama condemns 'hatred in all its forms' after New Zealand shooting 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 TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say 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 CruzBiden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move Families of Kenyan victims seek compensation for Ethiopian Airlines crash 737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington 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.