U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) today endorsed Pete Buttigieg for President, becoming the first member of Congress to do so.
“This will be the 13th presidential election of my adult life, and perhaps the most important,” Beyer said. “I have been engaged in all of them, and deeply engaged in many. By now, I have a strong gut reaction to candidates. I endorsed Barack Obama early, having been moved by both his intelligence and his political capability.
“I am similarly inspired by Mayor Pete. With him, I feel the promise of a new generation, and I see a way out of the darkness,” Beyer added.
Beyer said the South Bend, Ind., mayor has the leadership qualities the nation requires.
“In making this choice, I think of the qualities missing from the current occupant of the Oval Office. They are qualities that Pete Buttigieg exudes: decency, a grounding in history, optimism, a sophisticated grasp of the world and of the dangers of bigotry, and a generosity of spirit. The Democratic field is full of people with these traits, but Pete possesses them to an uncommon degree, and, just as importantly, has a gift for communicating them.
“Pete’s extraordinary intelligence is what our extraordinary nation needs and deserves. Pete’s military service speaks volumes about his commitment to that nation. Pete’s leadership in managing his midwestern hometown tells us much about his values and his loyalty. Both his enthusiasm and his sensibility are infectious and essential to the job he seeks.”
Beyer’s endorsement came on the eve of the expected announcement by former Vice President Joe Biden of his decision to enter the crowded field of candidates. Biden is scheduled to announce his 2020 bid in a video to be released Thursday and to formally kick off his campaign with a Monday rally at a Pittsburgh union hall.
Buttigieg has not yet formally entered the race but said Monday that he raised over $7 million in the first quarter of 2019.