Love's seat to lose?2:39 PM, Dec 17, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jim Matheson, the lone Democratic congressman from Utah, will not run for reelection in 2014. Matheson announced the decision on his Facebook page:
When I launched my first campaign in 1999, I knew that the arc of my public service would have many chapters. It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service. Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives.
Matheson's 2012 Republican opponent was Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs. Love is running for the seat again, and the seat leans heavily toward the GOP.
Love was seen as a rising star in her race last year, despite losing to the veteran Matheson. She even delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa:
“My parents immigrated to this country with $10 in their pocket and a hope that the America they heard about really did exist,” Love said. “When tough times came, they didn’t look to Washington; they looked within.”
The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Love is a Mormon convert and the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. And if she wins the election over six-term Democrat Jim Matheson, she will also be the first black female Republican in Congress. In an election year where Democrats and their allies in the media have tried to portray the Republican party as bigoted toward women and minorities, the decision to give Love precious time in Tampa was a no-brainer for the GOP.
In her remarks, which focused on celebrating the “American story,” Love gave a nod to the chapter on civil rights. “Our story has been told for over 200 years, with small steps and giant leaps, from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream, from the bravery of the greatest generation to the innovators and entrepreneurs of today, this is our story. This is our America,” said Love, who is normally cautious—almost averse—to incorporating her own race into her political profile.
“The main reason for bringing up Rosa Parks and bringing up Martin Luther King is because I wanted to paint a vision of where we’ve been and where we’ve gone, how much we’ve moved forward,” Love says.
12:52 PM, Nov 7, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Jim Matheson of Utah has won a tight race against Republican challenger Mia Love. The only Democrat in the Utah congressional delegation, Matheson bested Love by 1 percentage point. Here's more from the Deseret News:
6:01 PM, Nov 2, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican House candidate Mia Love of Utah has a 12-point lead over her Democratic opponent, incumbent member Jim Matheson, in a new poll from the Salt Lake Tribune. According to the poll, 52 percent of voters in Utah's Fourth District support Love, while 40 percent support Matheson.
11:43 AM, Oct 2, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican House candidate Mia Love of Utah leads her opponent, Democratic congressman Jim Matheson, by six points, according to a new poll from the Deseret News and KSL-TV. Love has 49 percent support in Utah's new Fourth Congressional District, while Matheson has 43 percent support. Here's more from the News:
7:16 AM, Sep 28, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A printed mailer sent out by the Utah Democratic party features what appears to be a darkened photo of Republican House candidate Mia Love. Below is the image of the mailer:
Here's the original photograph, in color:
12:50 PM, Sep 26, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Utah Republican Mia Love has pulled ahead of Democratic congressman Jim Matheson, according to an internal poll released by the Love campaign. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Love leads Matheson 51 percent to 36 percent; the same poll found Matheson leading Love 51 percent to 38 percent in July, before Love's well received address to the Republican National Convention.
9:55 AM, Aug 30, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mia Love is a difficult person to interview. The challenge is finding the time to sit down and have a conversation with the Utah Republican and candidate for Congress—she’s one of the most sought-after interview subjects here at the convention.
3:00 AM, Aug 28, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
Artur Davis, a former Democratic congressman from Alabama, has been a Republican for only a few months. But his speech tonight at the Republican convention is important because he reflects a major theme of Mitt Romney’s campaign against President Obama and another theme promoted by the GOP.
A GOP star emerges in the Beehive State.12:40 PM, May 14, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mia Love, the 36-year-old mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah and Republican candidate for Congress in the state’s newly created Fourth District, is something of a political anomaly. A conservative and a Mormon, Love would be the first black female Republican in Congress ever.
2:22 PM, Apr 23, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The big headline from this weekend’s Utah Republican convention may have been that Senator Orrin Hatch was forced into a GOP primary against challenger Dan Liljenquist. But perhaps the more surprising development was little known Saratoga Springs mayor Mia Love's overwhelming victory at the convention in her bid to defeat Utah’s only Democratic member of Congress, Jim Matheson.
3:38 PM, Mar 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Utah congressional candidate Mia Love on "talks economics, politics, and the Tea Party," via Ed Morrissey:
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