An informal survey of about two dozen incoming Democrats resulted in 18 saying they support Waxman and just three saying they support Dingell, said one freshman lawmaker who requested not to be identified.
This conflict is quite opaque, even to members themselves. It makes sense though that new members would support Waxman; he's more aligned with them on a whole host of issues and on ways of doing politics. Also, some self-interest is at work here. Seniority is not a persuasive argument to new members of Congress.