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

Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Campaign dads fit fatherhood between presidential speeches 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 HolderCongress and contempt: What you need to know Congress and contempt: What you need to know The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats wonder: Can Nadler handle the Trump probe? MORE's versions of former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to lead female celebrity dodgeball team in 'Late Late Show' face-off Obamas sign deal with Spotify to produce podcasts Obamas sign deal with Spotify to produce podcasts 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 TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment 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 CruzCruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control access face major obstacles Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz's dialogue shows common ground isn't just for moderates Ted Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists 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.