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Michael Avenatti to speak at Iowa Dem fundraiser

Michael Avenatti, the California attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against Presdient Donald Trump, speaks at an April news conference in New York City. He will be among the speakers at the Democratic Wing Ding on Aug. 10 at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake.  (Tribune News Service)
Michael Avenatti, the California attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against Presdient Donald Trump, speaks at an April news conference in New York City. He will be among the speakers at the Democratic Wing Ding on Aug. 10 at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. (Tribune News Service)

CLEAR LAKE — Dean Genth and Randy Black were driving this week when they received a call from Michael Avenatti.

The reason Avenatti called? To express interest in speaking at the Democratic Wing Ding, one of the largest annual Democratic political events in Iowa.

“We both let out a scream of joy when he said he was planning to fly in from California,” said Genth, vice chairman of the Cerro Gordo County Democratic Central Committee.

Avenatti, a prominent California attorney who is representing porn star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump, will be one of four speakers at this year’s event Aug. 10 at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake.

Avenatti tweeted Thursday he was looking forward to participating in the event and was thankful to be included as a speaker.

Avenatti tweeted earlier this month he will run for president if Trump seeks re-election and if “there is no other candidate in the race that has a REAL chance at beating him.”

He has not formally declared a presidential bid, though, for 2020.

Randy Black, chairman of the Wing Ding Committee, said a fifth speaker may be added but declined to name the speaker.

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He noted former President Barack Obama, along with presidential candidates Martin O’Malley, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, have spoken at the event in past years. The Wing Ding is in its 15th year.

“Everybody’s been asking, why Avenatti?” Black said. “Because right now, he’s like a gallon of milk in everyone’s refrigerator. ... Right now, who do you see on TV? Michael Avenatti.”

Other speakers include Democratic presidential candidates John Delaney and Andrew Yang, and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio.

Ticket information is available at iowawingding.com.

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