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Anyone who’s tooled through Ward 3 or the tony expanses of Fairfax or Montgomery Counties has seen their share of license plate frames bearing the ’70s-ish Scandinavian minimalist logo of Don Beyer Volvo. (‘Scuse me—-“don beyer volvo.”)

Looks like that could soon be “secretary don beyer volvo.”

In WaPo’s In the Loop yesterday, Al Kamen proffered buzz that Donald S. Beyer Jr., son of Volvo dealer’s namesake, could be named a deputy secretary or undersecretary of commerce. “Beyer, 58, was an early backer of Obama’s campaign, stumped for him in the critical swing state of Virginia and raised megabucks as well,” Kamen wrote.

But in his Politico Playbook today, Mike Allen raises the scuttlebutt to full-SecComm level:

MENTIONED FOR COMMERCE SECRETARY: Businessman, very early Obama supporter and former Virginia lieutenant governor Donald S. Beyer Jr. (“Don Beyer Volvo: America’s Favorite Volvo Dealer — Brothers Don and Mike bought the business from their father in 1986. Today the number of family members working in the business stands at eleven.”)

If Beyer, an eight-year lieutenant governor of Virginia, were to get the job, it might prove a boost to Volvo’s governmental sales: NoVa native Andrew Beaujon tells LL that Beyer Volvo famously offered several of its cars to the Falls Church police during the ’80s.