House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's decision to stick around in leadership at the beginning of the 112th Congress angered a number of her partys moderates, who would have preferred her longtime rival, Rep. Steny Hoyer.
But her decision to stick around angered a number of the partyís moderates, who would have preferred her longtime rival, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), 72, as the Caucusís new leader. Hoyer declined to challenge Pelosi and was selected as Whip instead. The moderates still mounted a futile effort to topple her. About 43 Democrats voted for Blue Dog Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) instead of Pelosi for Leader, and 19 refused to vote for her for Speaker in the vote enshrining Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) in that role in January.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.