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 party’s moderates, who would have preferred her longtime rival, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), 72, as the Caucus’s 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.