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Beyer's Going-Away Party

Anita Kumar

Tonight, a who's who of Virginia politics will attend a lavish party in honor of the soon-to-be ambassador to Switzerland, Don Beyer.

The garden party will take place at the Old Town Alexandria home of David Abshire, a former ambassador himself (to NATO).

Hope it doesn't rain. Two hundred people is a lot to have in your house. Unless maybe you are Abshire and have an undoubtedly large house that was featured in the 2000 Kevin Bacon movie Hollow Man.

Hosts include Sen. Mark Warner, former senator John Warner and former governor Chuck Robb and their wives.

Guest include Susan Eisenhower (yes, that Eisenhower -- granddaughter of the former president), Rep. Jim Moran, William Webster, former director of the FBI and CIA and Mack McLarty, former chief of staff to Bill Clinton. There will also be a few ambassadors in attendance: the ambassador to Liechtenstein, former ambassador to the European Union and former ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

President Obama appointed Beyer, a former Democratic lieutenant governor and a Northern Virginia car dealer, ambassador to Switzerland and the principality of Liechtenstein.

He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week, and leaves for Bern, the Swiss capital, this weekend.

"To serve my country overseas is in my blood," Beyer, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at his confirmation hearing.

Beyer was an early supporter of Obama in Virginia and served as Obama's mid-Atlantic finance chairman during last year's campaign. He and his wife, Megan, raised more than $1.5 million for Obama.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 5, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , John W. Warner , Mark Warner  
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