“I have decided not to seek the presidency of the United States in 2020,” Michael Avenatti announced today, surprising no one, though maybe disappointing some, including cable news networks.

Stormy Daniels’ attorney insisted he would run for POTUS, were it not for his family.

“But for their concerns, I would run,” the attorney said in his statement.

“I will continue to represent Stormy Daniels and others against Donald Trump and his cronies and will not rest until Trump is removed from office and our republic and its values are restores,” Avenatti continued.

“I also will continue with my nearly twenty years of speaking truth to power and representing those who need an advocate against the powerful.”

Avenatti says he remains concerned Dems are going to nominate someone “who might make an exceptional President but has no chance of actually beating Donald Trump.”

Avenatti previously said he was weighing a White House run, suggesting he was best suited to the job because he was willing to match Trump’s style of personal attacks. “If we have to crawl in the gutter with this person, then that’s what we have to do,” Avenatti said. “You’re not going to beat Donald Trump with a message of universal love. This guy will eat you alive.”

Speaking thereof, Avenatti’s political momentum took a blow when Harvey Levin’s TMZ reported he’d been arrested November 14 by L.A. police and booked on a felony count of domestic violence following a report filed against the attorney the day before.

(Trump pal Levin’s other show, OBJECTified, is distributed by Fox News Channel, produced by Harvey Levin Productions, Inc. in association with Telepictures, with Levin and Ryan Regan exec producing, along with FNC SVP Development and Production John Finley.)

Avenatti previously vowed he was “full steam ahead” on holding Donald Trump “and his unethical cronies” accountable after the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges against Avenatti, referring the case to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for misdemeanor filing consideration.

Avenatti, who worked in politics in the 1990s before entering private legal practice, said he has been traveling the country, with stops in Iowa, and has been raising money on behalf of Democratic candidates through a political action committee.

Announcing he would not make a White House run in 2020, Avenatti warned Democrats, “The party must immediately recognize that many of the likely candidates are not battle tested and have no real chance at winning. We will not prevail in 2020 without a fighter. I remain hopeful the party finds one.”

Avenatti’s statement: