"He’s going through a pretty rough time": Avenatti crashes and burns

Michael Avenatti’s cable TV bookings have dwindled. He was uninvited from one prominent Democratic event and skipped out on another. Now his highest-profile client is bringing new allegations against him…

“As a friend, I’m concerned about him. When I call him to say ‘hey, how you doing?’ It’s pretty obvious he’s going through a pretty rough time now,” said David Betras, a Democratic county chairman in Youngstown, Ohio, and one of Avenatti’s earliest political backers. “I’m more worried about these pending charges. Domestic abuse? That’s pretty bad for a run for president.”…

“If he had a conviction for domestic violence, I couldn’t see myself supporting him if he runs for office with that on his record,” said Betras…

“The thuggish spectacle is not what the Democratic Party needs right now,” said Patti Solis Doyle, the former campaign manager for Hillary Clinton who has clashed publicly with Avenatti in the past. “We don’t need another Donald Trump. Donald Trump is imploding as we speak.”