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Posted at 9:59 AM ET, 02/21/2011

Beyer rules out Virginia Senate race

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Don Beyer, a former Democratic lieutenant governor who now serves as ambassador to Switzerland and the principality of Liechtenstein, says he is not interested in running for U.S. Senate in 2012.

Beyer is one of the many potential candidates who has been mentioned to replace U.S. Sen. James Webb (D), who recently announced he would not run for a second term.

"Serving the people of Virginia as a U.S. Senator would be an extraordinary honor,'' Beyer writes us from Switzerland. "However, Megan and I love our current role in Switzerland and Liechtenstein -- the work is important and interesting, it is fulfilling to serve our country and President, and we enjoy the people, culture, languages, and landscapes of our temporary home."

Beyer was elected lieutenant governor in 1989, and served for two terms.

Most interested Democrats are waiting for Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Commitee and former governor, to decide if he will run. After consulting with President Obama and being encouraged to run by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), both of Virginia's senators and countless state officials, he said he will make an announcement later this month or early next month.

Several other Democrats have been mentioned as possible contenders. Defeated Rep. Tom Perriello is the most prominent name. He said he was flattered by the enthusiasm of the activists who wanted him to run, but he also said that he spoke privately with Kaine Saturday and encouraged him to run.

Other possible candidates: Rep. Gerry Connolly, former Rep. Rick Boucher, state Sen. Chapman "Chap" Petersen (Fairfax), state Sen. A. Donald McEachin (Richmond), State Del. David L. Englin (Alexandria), Michael Signer, who lost the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in 2009. Former Rep. Glenn Nye (D) has ruled himself out.

By Anita Kumar  | February 21, 2011; 9:59 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Election 2012, Timothy M. Kaine, Tom Perriello, U.S. Senate  
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Kaine and the DNC led the effort to send union goons to Wisconsin. That finishes Kaine in right to work Virginia.

Posted by: jy151310 | February 21, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Since there is already a Republican running for Webb's seat; Nye is wise not to run.

Posted by: sdnye | February 22, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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