Don Beyer: Obamacare, Howard Dean and Volvos

Don Beyer talks with his campaign aides after a Mt. Vernon District Democratic candidate forum to replace retiring US Rep. Jim Moran in Alexandria, Va. on April 12, 2014.

Photograph by J. Lawler Duggan/for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Don Beyer talks with his campaign aides after a Mt. Vernon District Democratic candidate forum to replace retiring US Rep. Jim Moran in Alexandria, Va. on April 12, 2014.

All the Democrats are running from Obamacare, right?

Not Don Beyer, a Democrat seeking the seat of retiring Virginia congressman Jim Moran, who has served for two-and-a-half decades.

“Republicans are working to undermine Obamacare,” reads the headline on the colorful mailer that Beyer has sent to the homes of Washington-area Virginians, with an odd, if arresting, photograph of the back of President Barack Obama’s head and shoulders featured on the front.

“Who has the president’s back on health reform?” Beyer’s mailer asks.

“I do.”

Now, this is one of the districts in Virginia that made a long-red state blue for Obama in both his 2008 election and 2012 re-election. It’s filled with government workers and affluent suburbanites whom the president’s party can count on in any election. Beyer was a big fundraiser for Obama’s elections and as a result served as U.S. ambassador to Switzerland from 2009-2013.

Beyer mailerObama carried 67 percent of the vote in this district in 2012.

So Beyer isn’t risking anything in aligning himself with the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans hope to use against Democratic candidates in key districts this year. Obamacare worked for Obama here. Beyer counts on it working for him.

This Democrat even boasts the endorsement of Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont who ran for president in 2004, in the congressional district spanning Alexandria, Arlinton, Falls Church and part of Fairfax County, Virginia. (Beyer was Dean’s national campaign treasurer.)

Beyer is one of many Democrats running for Moran’s seat.

Yet he also has the benefit of his name pasted on the back ends of a lot of upscale cars running around suburban Washington. He is co-owner of Don Beyer Motors, with dealerships in Alexandria, Falls Church and Dulles

Volvos, of course.

(It was the Club for Growth that greeted Dean’s presidential campaign with an ad featuring an elderly couple suggesting that Dean take his “tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, body-piercing, Hollywood-loving left-wing freak show back to Vermont where it belongs.”)

Or Alexandria.

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