House's Steny Hoyer takes a last shot at the top spot

House's Steny Hoyer takes a last shot at the top spot
Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., left, and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer speaks to the media after touring Culimeta-Saveguard in Eau Claire, Wis., on Thursday April 5, 2018. Hoyer headed to Trump country this week in a last-chance campaign for the top spot. Hoyer, a Maryland centrist, has spent most of his career in the shadow of liberal leader Nancy Pelosi. As Democrats consider who will replace Pelosi, Hoyer’s allies say he could be a bridge to the next generation. Others find the notion that little known, 78-year-old politician could emerge as the face of his party far-fetched.(Dan Reiland/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steny Hoyer, who has been eyeing the top spot in the House of Representatives for more than a decade, has been traveling through Republican-friendly corners of western Wisconsin this week.

One reason he was doing this may be because House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is not welcome in Trump country.

Hoyer, the Maryland centrist and perpetual leader-in-waiting in the House of Representatives, was on a mission to woo blue-collar voters and help his party win back control of the House.

He was also looking for what could be his last shot. He tells The Associated Press: “Would I like to be speaker? Of course. Would I be disappointed if it doesn’t happen? No.”