Now that Steny Hoyer has been selected as the presumed next Majority Leader, it might be time for a stroll down memory lane. Two years ago Hoyer came to the area to help campaign for Allyson Schwartz, then running for her first term in congress. While here he also made a campaign stop for Josh Shapiro, then running for his first term in the Pennsylvania State House. As noted in the Northeast Times ("Schwartz brings in a heavy hitter," by Tom Waring):
Hoyer also spent time last week boosting the candidacies of suburban Democratic congressional challengers Lois Murphy and Joe Driscoll, and Josh Shapiro, who is running for an Abington-area seat in the state House.
In Jenkintown, he told a police officer that Democrats would better fund beat patrols. And he encouraged the employees of a beauty salon to vote for Schwartz because a Democratic takeover of the House would mean that California Rep. Nancy Pelosi would become the first female speaker in history.
On Hoyer's Democratic Whip website we find this comment:
May 30, 2004
U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D., Md.), the House Democratic whip, hit Montgomery County on Thursday to stump for the county's Democratic congressional candidates. Among his stops Thursday was a fund-raiser for Josh Shapiro, 30, who is running for Pennsylvania's 153d District House seat against Jon Fox. How did Harrisburg-hopeful Shapiro land Beltway-insider Hoyer? Shapiro was Rep. Joe Hoeffel's chief of staff and knew Hoyer from Capitol Hill. The short answer: Shapiro just picked up the phone and asked.
Shapiro has proof -- a photo of the two together on his campaign website (it's the third photo from the bottom).