I’ve thrown my support behind my friend Don Beyer in his bid to become your next Congressman. I urge you to do the same. I’ve known and respected Don for years. He and I first met in 1990 when we were both Lieutenant Governors, and immediately struck up a friendship. He and his wife, Megan were two of the earliest supporters of my presidential campaign. Don drove to Burlington, Vt., in the spring of 2003 to volunteer. I was struck by his convictions and by his dedication to core issues of the Democratic Party — equality, justice, reproductive rights, and environmental protection. In addition to his work ethic and generosity — being willing to drive 500 miles to volunteer on what was then a little-known campaign — Don has vision and he has spine. And we could use a little of that in the House of Representatives.
Former presidential candidate Howard Dean joined hundreds of supporters in Arlington tonight to endorse Don Beyer, the Virginia Chair of his presidential bid, in Beyer’s campaign for Congress. “Don’s record on numerous causes, including economic inequality, equal rights and environmental protection is exceptional,” Dean said. “His track record, diplomacy and work ethic are exactly what the U.S. Congress needs.”
Don Beyer announced today that he has been endorsed by Bill Richardson, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former U.S. Secretary of Energy. Beyer and Richardson worked closely together in 2008-2009 on President Obama’s transition team, readying the Department of Commerce for Obama’s economic agenda.
“I oppose the Ryan budget plan to end traditional Medicare and turn it into a voucher system,” Beyer said. “This privatization would not have the guarantees of today's Medicare and it would hurt people 55 and older, including those currently enrolled in today's Medicare. Private health insurers could structure their plan to attract the youngest and healthiest seniors. And many seniors would pay more for prescription drugs.”