Another reason Van Hollen might opt to bide his time rather than take on Hoyer should Pelosi step aside is that Hoyer, at age 73, might not have a particularly long tenure in the top job. And Van Hollen is also often mentioned as a contender if a Senate seat opens up in Maryland. However, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) does not appear to be leaving anytime soon and Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D) is cruising to re-election next month, prompting some Democrats to conclude that Van Hollen will keep his gaze on the House.
The House Democratic leadership elections will take place Nov. 29, two weeks after Republican leadership elections but earlier than Pelosi’s initial proposal of the first week of December.
A Democratic strategist said the timing “provides an opening to a challenger for one of the top leadership positions, but not much. If there’s anyone looking to run such a challenge, they’ll need to get their ducks in a row pretty quickly.”
An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the amount of money Rep. Chris Van Hollen transferred to the DCCC due to outdated information on the Federal Election Commission website.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., carries a musket on stage as he speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday March 6, 2014.