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Top Obama Aides Endorse Beyer; Hope Campaign Says Messina “not an endorsement he should highlight”


Innnnnteresting. For the record, I’m not a big fan of Jim Messina, who’s now working for the British Conservatives of all people. Ugh. UPDATE: See the Patrick Hope statement below the Beyer endorsement announcement below.

May 5, 2014 (Alexandria, VA) – Top architects of President Barack Obama’s successful campaigns and close advisors to President Obama are throwing their support behind former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer’s congressional bid in Virginia’s 8th district.

Pete Rouse, Jim Messina and Julianna Smoot are endorsing Beyer and hosting a fundraising event for grassroots supporters of the campaign later this month in Arlington, Virginia.

Rouse is former Chief of Staff to President Obama, and one of the President’s most trusted advisors. Rouse worked with President Obama before his first election, serving as Chief of Staff to then-Senator Obama. “Don’s brand of principled leadership is very needed in Congress today,” Rouse said. “He has proven ability to break down the gridlock in the House to help the President with his agenda. His combination of state, federal and international experience makes Don a heavyweight in Congress from day one.”

Messina was the campaign manager for the successful 2012 presidential campaign and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff.  Smoot is the former White House Social Secretary, Inaugural Committee Chairman and 2012 deputy campaign manager.  “Don is that rare candidate who has mastered foreign and domestic policy and has the experience and track record to work the legislative side to accomplish policy goals,” Messina said.

“I am very humbled to get the support of President Obama’s trusted team,” Beyer said. “These are my heroes:  the people who have fought alongside the President for affordable health care, immigration reform, environmental protection, consumer protection, and an economy that’s fair and rewards hard work.”

Support from the Obama team comes as former Lieutenant Governor Beyer, who was appointed Ambassador to Switzerland by Obama, is campaigning for the President’s agenda, including the proposed minimum wage hike and the Affordable Care Act.

Beyer’s radio presence in the run-up to the June 10 primary begins tomorrow and promotes Obamacare, which now boasts 9 million subscribers. The ad begins with an excerpt from President Obama’s Rose Garden address last month.

“The debate over repealing this law is over,” Obama says.  “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”  Beyer’s voice comes on, vowing to “fight all efforts to repeal the healthcare law, because making sure millions of Americans get affordable healthcare is the right thing to do.”    

The Messina/Rouse/Smoot event takes place May 22 at Café Asia in Arlington.  For more information, please contact John Moffett at john@friendsofdonbeyer.com.

UPDATE: The Patrick Hope campaign responds to the Beyer endorsements.

After the Obama campaign Jim Messina went to head up the Conservative Party’s campaign efforts in the United Kingdom.  Their platform is highlighted by efforts to cap welfare and reduce legal immigration.  Messina is not an endorsement the Hope campaign would have sought and it is very telling that Don Beyer believes this is an endorsement he should highlight.  

One huge contrast in the 8th district has been Patrick Hope’s willingness to say he would vote against a “grand bargain” in the Congress that cut beneficiaries.  On the campaign trail Patrick has talked about the woman he met door knocking on social security disability who has only gotten a $20 a month raise in payments over the last five years- while her housing, food and other costs have skyrocketed.  Don Beyer has been silent on these issues and seems to imply his support for this type of large scale deal that would cut back on beneficiaries in the United States.  The Messina endorsement is just another sign of the type of Democrats that Don Beyer listens to- and it should trouble all 8th district progressives.

  • brown before green

    Messina, Rouse, and Smoot are just like all the other political whores in DC, rushing to cash the next big paycheck. Zero character and zero gravitas.

  • JHooe44

    From my view, it sure looks like Hope is the only candidate with a clear path to upsetting Beyer in the primary. But so long as there are 45 candidates (sarcasm), Beyer should cruise with 35%-ish.

    I would like to see the progressives from the General Assembly coalesce around one candidate – not to guarantee a win for someone from the GA, but because that would make the race a genuine competition and discussion of viewpoints between two/three candidates. That will make it much easier to draw a contrast, and thus highlight weaknesses in someone’s resume. With 10 viewpoints, it’s impossible for anyone to really publicly vet anyone.

    Kudos to Hope for going after Beyer, albeit respectfully. He’s run a good race so far.

  • leedynamo

    Seems like nothing more than politics to me.

    I think Don gets Climate Change.  I spent about 20 minutes on the phone with him.  I also received a call from Patrick, who I really like a lot.  He’s a great guy.  He says the right things, but i don’t think he understands climate change nearly as well as Don.

    I think Don will bring a fair amount of leverage with him into the House next January.

    Some of the endorsements don’t excite me altho from everything I know about Pete Rouse, he is a good guy.

    The anonymous comment above kind of speaks for itself.  Anonymity is a cover for losers.