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

Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeEx-Michelle Obama aide says O'Rourke's road trip is a 'listening tour' in form of a travel blog Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Former staffer accuses Jackson Lee of retaliation after rape claim 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 HolderWilliam Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump Protecting voices of all voters is critical to free and fair elections Castro to headline forum in New Hampshire after announcing 2020 decision MORE's versions of former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Day 27 of the shutdown | Cohen reportedly paid company to rig online polls, boost his own image | Atlantic publishes ‘Impeach Donald Trump’ cover story Ex-Michelle Obama aide says O'Rourke's road trip is a 'listening tour' in form of a travel blog Barack Obama wishes Michelle a happy birthday: 'You’re one of a kind' 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 directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees 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 CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science 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.