[guest post by Dana]
Definitely a sign that something has gone haywire in the universe: On the exact same day, two well-known scammers made public their intentions about a state and national election. First, from Florida, the infamous Laura Loomer has announced that she is running for Florida’s 21st Congressional District, a heavily Democratic district. She is followed by the infamous Michael Avenatti, who told reporters that he is once again considering entering the 2020 presidential race.
Because what America needs is a few more grifters in public office… Represent!
Anyway, about Loomer:
The far-right agitator Laura Loomer, whose inflammatory rhetoric and guerrilla-style activism have led to her ouster from major social media platforms and multiple encounters with police, has filed to run for a Democratic-leaning Palm Beach congressional seat that includes President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
Loomer, a 26-year-old blogger who has worked with the conspiracy website InfoWars and the controversial investigative outlet Project Veritas, is joining a packed field of Republican hopefuls seeking to unseat Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel in Florida’s 21st district, which covers most of Palm Beach County.
She launched her 2020 bid on Friday, according to Florida Election Commission records. Her campaign website states she is a resident of the district. Her statement of candidacy filed with the FEC lists a post office box in Fort Worth as her campaign’s primary address.
Loomer…has been banned from Facebook and Twitter for her incendiary commentary. She was banned from the ridesharing platforms Uber and Lyft in 2017 after unleashing an anti-Muslim tweetstorm following a terror attack in Manhattan that killed 8 people and injured 11…
She has been the subject of national news stories for reportedly jumping a fence at Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi’s home in California to stage an immigration protest and handcuffing herself to the front door of Twitter’s New York headquarters to call attention to her ban from the social media site.
Loomer has also ginned up controversy in Florida, targeting liberal lawmakers and activists — and sometimes diversity itself.
A press release issued by her campaign…states that Karen Giorno, who led Trump’s 2016 campaign operations in Florida, will serve as the general consultant for Loomer’s campaign committee.
About Michael Avenatti:
Avenatti, who in the past represented porn star Stormy Daniels against the likes of President Donald Trump and his then fixer Michael Cohen, told CNBC late on Friday that he is yet again contemplating entering the expansive 2020 arena.
“Never say never,” he said when asked if he’s going to get into the race. “The Dems need a non-traditional fighter. They have a lot of talent but not a lot of fighters.” He later noted that the odds of him getting into the race are at 50/50 and he could make his decision in a few months.
“I don’t think I need to make a final decision for a number of months. I have the name ID and everyone knows I’m one of the few effective fighters that the Dems have,” he said.
“I am increasingly concerned that the Dems don’t have the right fighter to go toe to toe with Trump,” he said. “And the future of the republic and our way of life is on the line. He is a brawler who has no bounds. The Dems need a guy who can match him punch for punch. I may be that guy.”
Still, Avenatti said he has a “number of things to deal with” before deciding whether he will jump into the race.
Obviously, neither one of the characters stands a chance of actually winning an election. But still, I just can’t even.
(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)