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.”