Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) won the National Press Club’s “Politicians vs. Press” spelling bee on Wednesday night, narrowly ekeing out a victory over Karoun Demirjian of the Washington Post.
In the wake of yesterday’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Congressman Beyer re-states his commitment to the passage of a common-sense bill on gun violence prevention. Specifically, Congressman Beyer has offered legislation that would expand background checks to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and criminals. If indeed Speaker Boehner wants to "clear the barn" in his last month in office, then yesterday's shooting in Oregon spotlights a critical opportunity for just such action. Below is a link to Don's interview discussing gun control with Kojo Nnamdi earlier this summer. Congressman Beyer is deeply saddened by yesterday's tragedy, along with all the gun-related tragedies. He is, however, committed to "doing the hard things" and will be patient and steadfast in pursuit of legislation that will make our country safer.
Most refreshing about Northern Virginia’s freshman congressman, Democrat Donald S. Beyer, Jr., is how brainy, eloquent and cheerful a warrior for progressive causes that he is. Beyer, a former Virginia lieutenant governor and U.S. ambassador, stands in such stark contrast to the bloviating horse’s ass Donald Trump, not because he represents an opposite political point of view, but because one, Beyer, is a sincerely enlightened civil servant dedicated to raising the level of the political discourse in America, and the other is a crude, foul mouthed bully and nothing more.
On Friday, June 26th, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) announced his support for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign today, saying: “Hillary Clinton is the most qualified and best prepared candidate to ever run for president. Megan and I are excited to support this amazing woman in her history making campaign. “As Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein I benefitted from her leadership, her command of foreign policy, and her tenacious pursuit of peace through diplomatic solutions. I look forward to working with her as our Commander in Chief.”