Black Conservative Mia Love Wins Utah GOP’s 4th Congressional District Nomination

Black Mormon Conservative Mia Love won the GOP’s 4th Congressional District nomination at the Republican convention today.

Mia Love pulled a major upset, winning the Republican Party nomination in Utah’s 4th Congressional District, advancing to face U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson in November. Love won 70.4 percent of the vote from the delegates while former state lawmaker Carl Wimmer captured 29.6 percent.


From the Love4Utah website:
In November 2011, Mia Love filed to run for Utah’s newly formed 4th Congressional District based on her demonstrated leadership on conservative principles. She credits her parents with providing the foundation for her ideals. After many years of living in the unstable, regime-torn socialist island country of Haiti, her parents immigrated legally to the United States with $10 in their pockets in hopes of achieving the American Dream.

Mia was born in Brooklyn, New York and eventually moved to Connecticut. Mia recalls both parents working hard to earn a living, her father at times taking on second jobs cleaning toilets to pay for school for their three children. On the day of Mia’s college orientation, her father said something to her that would become the ethos for her life:

“Mia, your mother and I never took a handout.
You will not be a burden to society. You will give back.”

Mia graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in fine arts. She found faith. Then she found Jason. And then she found herself in Utah ready to give back. Mia served two terms on the city council of Saratoga Springs, one of Utah’s fastest growing cities. As City Councilwoman and eventually Mayor, Mia led the city through a period of 1700% population growth in a decade. Under her leadership, the city was able to successfully navigate the drastic transition from agricultural fields to a booming residential community. When the citizen growth necessitated fire and police services, Mia fought to make sure the city’s first ever residential tax implementation would only pay for those essential services, and she structured it in such a way that the tax decreased as a percentage of property value.

Go Mia, Go!

UPDATE: John Fund at National Review has more on conservative Mia Love.

She now goes on to face Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson in a newly drawn district that Matheson is moving into because his old seat was stuffed with too many Republicans during redistricting. But the new seat is no bargain for him. Sprawling south of Salt Lake City, two-thirds of its residents will be new to him and the generic Republican vote is at least 60 percent. A Salt Lake Tribune poll this month had Matheson ahead of Love by only 45 percent to 42 percent, with the incumbent well below the 50 percent mark that is traditionally considered essential to win reelection. Love is already making progress. A KSL-TV poll last December showed her trailing Matheson by 17 percentage points.

UPDATE: Thank you, Wendy, for your comment,

I am in Mia’s district and served as a delegate at the state convention. I have met with her, asked her questions. She is bright and articulate. She is the real deal. I wish all of America could see the speech she gave yesterday. She is an amazing woman and what we need for our country. She is going to need as much help as we can give her to beat Jim Matheson. If you can please go to her website and help. It is love4utah.com.

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  • Warthog

    She will make an excellent addition to the Congressional Black Caucus.

  • AuntieMadder

    Go, Mia Love!

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  • yeah, go Mia! we need ALL the conservatives we can… it will be a long hard fight to save the Republic…

  • Redwine

    Wow wow wow!!! Go, Love, go!!! This is major.

  • Tim in Cali

    Joy Behar or Special Ed Shultz….whose head explodes first…I got $50 on Joyless,but I’m betting $50 that Shullz calls her a teabagging s*** before the end of the week !!!..no G’ment help,self responsibility,deep religious faith..and no abortions…..C’mon Joy,I got $$$ riding on this..

  • ebayer

    Sweet!

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  • Warthog

    Say, do you think she beat Carl Wimmer because she was mad about Trayvon?

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  • Militant Conservative

    Yet another example of conservative women being beautiful. Why does liberalism
    Attract swamp beasts?!

    I love my fellow countrymen that immigrated and “get it”.

    Mia, I’m proud of you, even more proud of your father.

    Understand the congressional black caucus will not have you. You refuse to sell out.

  • tommy mc donnell

    i’m assuming that mia comes from a district with a white majority. how many majority black districts have white elected representatives? oh i forgot the civil rights movement did away with that.

  • Callie369

    What a wonderful example she and her father set!!!!

  • Time

    Did all the racist, white, tea party people vote for her ?

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  • Tim in Cali

    An excerpt from Obama speech….Quote : “Republicans want people to pick themselves up by their boot-straps, even if they don’t have any boots,” said Obama. “They are wrong in their view of America.

    Let’s see..LEGAL immigates from Haiti (with $10 in their pocket,OMG),second job CLEANING TOILETS,no Government handouts….Obama ,care to retract that statement..oh wait,you’re a Socialist Liberal (nevermind) tatoo that.. L .. on your forehead,you’ve earned it.

  • kayfromcarroll

    Yay for Mia!! Great example of living from her Dad and mother, and great advice for life. I can tell she listened to his wisdom. What GREAT Americans!

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  • 1RedBeard

    This is a very good sign of the right kind of change, and a terrible bellwether for Obama’s kind of change.

  • Moonbat_One

    Why do you call her “black conservative”? Are you going to call Paul Ryan “white conservative”?

  • dba…vagabond trader

    Outstanding! My only regret, she left CT, man are we in dire need of conservatives. 😆

  • fantassssssssssssssssssssstic!

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  • Ron?

    An inspirational role model for other blacks and legal immigrants; Too bad Sharpton, Rev. Jackson and the NBPP won’t put her up on a pedastool as role model for all black people. Instead they choose to beatify street thugs like Trayvon and Tupac etc. It’s funny that none of these so called leaders in the black community can’t stop AIDS, drugs, gangs and other blacks from killing each other. But they will be the first to call this woman and others like her sellouts to their race.

  • DaMav

    Wow!

  • 1RedBeard

    Moonbat, perhaps it’s because it’s notable, given the dismal ultra-left unanimity of the CBC.

  • Wish her the best…..The dems are going to be vicious to this good woman.

  • Tired Okie

    Sounds like a very strong woman.. She will need to be.. America needs more like her in our government.

  • olm

    She needs to be really strong.
    The national stage is not going to be kind to her.
    Go Mia.
    I said a little prayer for you.

  • olm

    I think she and others are identified as Black Conservatives because these strong souls are subject to a situation that is unparallelled in this country in terms of bias and hate.
    Again, GO Mia!

  • KC

    Mia, you are beautiful, confident and a strong conservative woman!
    Way to go! Much success to you in the furture and always.

  • decentAmerican

    YEEEAH! You may recall that I highlighted Ms Love a while back, given her set of values and PROVEN success as a conservative, this woman will go far! Best of luck to you Mia Love, I see a long career for you!

    But, but, but….how is this possible, that the racist conservatives voted for this woman? Could it be that the racist liberal nutjobs were WRONG as to who is racist? Could it be that the KKK-founding Democrats were the RACIST ones all along? Oh dear.

    Dear Ms Love, please protect yourself from the racist, liberal nutjobs. We see you as a beautiful, successful, conservative woman. The racist liberals will ONLY see you as a black woman. That is the way it is, that is the way it has always been.

    The racist liberals will only see BHO as a black man. Therefore, any criticism against him is only because he is a black man. Conservatives don’t care about skin color and only see him as an ignorant, uneducated, moronic, evil demon. Who is the racist?

  • MVH

    Congratulations to Ms. Love.

    Ms. Love’s pop sounds like Mrs. Obama’s dad. The First Lady talks glowingly of her hard-working father, too. But, look at the difference between Love and Obama. What happened to Obama?

  • tommy mc donnell

    #21…”are you going to call paul ryan a “white conservative?” okay paul ryan is a white conservative! happy?

    people like mia love are refered to by their race because the narrative of liberal america is that they do not exist. in the eyes of liberal america the only good black is a liberal black. liberal america will not refer to mia love as a conservative, black or otherwise, they will refer to her as an “aunt thomasina.” so if you have a problem with the racial designation take it up with the people opposed to racism and discrimination that make it necessary.

  • tommy mc donnell

    p.s. to the people that know tell us how we can’t contribute to her campaign.

  • Mr. X

    It’s what America needs most at this time – DIGNITY!!!

  • Objective Analysis

    Like I say people, you will be surprised how many black s are REALLY OFF THE LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE PLANTATION THAT MSM (SHARPTON, JACKSON, ETC..) THINKS THEY NEED TO BE ON.

  • Rick

    By pointing out that she is a “black conservative”, you’re playing democrat style identity politics.

  • Valerie

    Jim,

    I’m glad you’re covering this, and I’d like to add Prof. Jacobson’s comments, as well. And, just to let the moby at #39 know that we aren’t just latching on to the picture, here’s some background.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/04/mia-b-love-wins-republican-nomination-in-ut04/

    We’ve been asking for candidates, and we’ve had some show up.

    http://carl-sandburg.com/i_am_the_people_the_mob.htm

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  • CTConservative

    Awesome…I’m going to head over to Ms. Love’s website and make a donation right now!

    Go Mia! and Go CONSERVATIVE republicans!

  • BS61

    #10 Warthog commented:
    Say, do you think she beat Carl Wimmer because she was mad about Trayvon?

    I vote your comment the best on the board!

  • Valerie

    #34 April 22, 2012 at 9:07 am
    MVH commented:

    “But, look at the difference between Love and Obama. What happened to Obama?”

    She married Barack, and got sucked into Rev. Wright’s church. She’s doing what Molly Ivins said a person should: “You gotta dance with them what brung you.”

    Michelle Malkin called her “bitter Michelle” and she linked a bunch of Mrs. Obama’s speeches — and when I listened, I found a woman who had discovered, contrary to everything she’d been told, there are no institutional barriers to black people. She told her largely black, female audiences that the discomfort that they felt from going outside their own comfort zone came from themselves, not others, and could (and should!) be overcome. This was in direct contradiction to what she’d been told — by whom?– she said “those closest to us.”

    We all know who was telling Michelle Obama for about twenty years that every white person’s hand was turned against her.

    I sure as h3ll do not want her husband to have another term, and furthermore, I want the rest of her political allies out of office as soon as possible. But I have to recognize that Mrs. Obama has been gently and effectively undercutting that awful Rev. Wright’s hateful and inaccurate message.

  • Tim

    Also looking at Michael Williams for Texas 25

    http://www.williamsfortexas.com/

  • John

    As a conservative, the title of this article is offensive. Why do we need to know she’s “Black?” All I need to know is that she has conservative values.

  • noway

    mia a fantastic example for women as a leader sure of herself happy and detemined. i look forward to watching her career.

  • Valerie

    #46 April 22, 2012 at 10:19 am
    John commented:

    You are a moby, and your comment is not well-taken. The rest of us know that the Democratic Party at the national level has been calling the TEA Parties and the Republican Party racist, despite the emergence of more and more eloquent black conservatives.

    Black conservatives as well as white liberals have been part of the TEA Party movement from the beginning, but the Democratic Party talking heads keep trying to characterize both as some sort of narrow, extremist, hyper-religious gun cult. They pretend that black conservatives do not exist. They also like to pretend that the remnants of the Democratic party are liberal, even though they kicked their principled liberals out of the party. The remnants of the Democratic Party at the national level are paternalist, racists, socialists and confirmed non-math majors, which goes far to explain the lack of competence of the current administration.

    So, we have every right to cheer for, and encourage all the people who are stepping up as candidates for us, and good reason to gleefully point to the emergent black conservatives. We knew they were there, all along.

  • ZC

    This site sounds like a bunch of Democrats, judging people and backing people based on their race.

  • bg

    ++

    Congratulations Mia Love!!

    Godspeed..

    ==

  • bg

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    Valerie #44 April 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

    i believe there was equal suckage back when..

    now, both are still radicals, both are
    still racists, but both are also rich..

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    Valerie #48 April 22, 2012 at 10:43 am

    re: TEA Party.. 🙂

    Andrew Breitbart

    Runaway Slave : trailer #1

    Runaway Slave : trailer #2

    Runaway Slave : Andrew Breitbart

    bit more here..

    ==

  • bg

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    great ‘If I Wanted America to Fail’ video ht FreedomFighter2

    ==

  • bigkahuna

    The reason she is identified as a black conservative is because there are far to few of them. We are constantly called racists, bigots, inolerant and we hate the poor, the environment, clean air, children, immigrants, puppies and kittens.

    So when we are able to shove the truth down the throats of the real racists, the real destroyers of the middle clasas, freedom and common sense we do it.

    Have we ever heard the MSM refer to Barry as the first Gray president ? or First Half White president ? Nadda, No, hell no and not a chance.

    The truth is as many here have shown and have done for years the vast majority of conservatives could care less about her skin color but prefer to judge her as MLK begged us to do….. Judge her on the content of her character… The vast majority of the left have none.

    Mia represents what we believe in and what is right. You work hard, you value education and you respect yourself and neighbor and country. You do the right things, follow the laws and you will do just fine.

    She and her family are fine examples of the right way to live your life and not rely on the govt. for everything. Thats a threat to Liberals and their idiotic view of America and life.

    Look at the vast majority of the problems in our life and country and you will find a liberal who supports the problem, not the solution. They tend to reward failure and punish success and thats why you have most liberal cities and schools and institutions failing or failed.

  • bobbymike

    Nobody on this blog cares a whit about her being black but it is fun to say “Black Conservative Congressional Candidate from Utah, Mia Love” 🙂

    It drives the left nuts that’s the fun part.

  • a former dem

    Wonderful news, first time I’ve heard of her. Will defnitely be sending some $$ her way. Go mia!!!!

  • sandy

    When I read that Mia Love’s father worked two jobs and told Mia never to take from the Government but to give back I am reminded of the immigrants who came from Europe in the early part of the 20th Century. Their children became part of the greatest generation making it through the Great Depression and winning WW2. God bless Mia Love and give her the chance to serve this nation. She is sorely needed to help make this nation whole again.

  • Valerie

    Maybe she can give us a hand with the huge task of recovering from Barack Obama’s failed economic policies.

    Here’s the problem, with suggestions on how to change this awful picture.
    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/mzuckerman/articles/2012/04/20/mort-zuckerman-president-obamas-economic-programs-have-failed

  • greenfairie

    Go, Mia, go!

  • Patty

    Conservative Woman, we need more like her. She is a patriot and it shows that growth can be accomplished and we can prosper even under the worst of circumstances, especially when there is common sense and when a person walks the walk instead of talking about it and doing nothing.

    I love feel good stories like this and it would be a great importance if the liberals learned a thing or two from Congresswoman Mia Love.

    Her name just says it all. She worked hard for where she is today and her family did too and that IS THE AMERICAN DREAM.

  • Wendy

    I am in Mia’s district and served as a delegate at the state convention. I have met with her, asked her questions. She is bright and articulate. She is the real deal. I wish all of America could see the speech she gave yesterday. She is an amazing woman and what we need for our country. She is going to need as much help as we can give her to beat Jim Matheson. If you can please go to her website and help. It is love4utah.com

  • Patty

    War on Women, uh Obama.

    Here is one woman who with no hesitation is climbing up the ladder, with or without Obama’s mindless interference.

  • Patty

    Famous Black Republican Women

    http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-black-republican-women/famous-conservatives

    She will be going on the list of these great women.

  • Joanne C.

    #25 Ron I am commenting on what you said:
    I did not like your comment about Trayvon being a thug he was a kid coming from the store minding his own business how dare you label him that when you dont know him dont be so quick to judge. I am happy for Mia even though I am not republican, she is a black woman who made it out of poverty, she would have done good in CT there are so many dishonest people in office in Hartford and Bridgeport. Congrats

  • JPeden

    #46 John commented:

    As a conservative, the title of this article is offensive. Why do we need to know she’s “Black?” All I need to know is that she has conservative values.

    I need/want to know because it indicates that Mia the person has joined the relatively small per cent of “free-at-last” blacks in America. I’m very happy indeed to learn of her escape to the conservative zone, where “the content of one’s character” is what matters. And to admire and acknowledge her for having that content of character. I specifically watch for such people in the media. It’s great to see the escapees who keep popping up. For example, I’ve learned that Greg Anthony [ex-NBA] and Spencer Tillman [great college and NFL? running back] are conservative. Also, as a black, hopefully Mia and the other great conservative blacks will show some of the battered and bullied blacks – who have indeed been “brainwashed” into thinking they must remain trapped on the Democrat Plantation – that freedom from their historic Democrat Oppressors does exist in America. This despite the propaganda from their wannabe Democrat Masters.

    Right, John?

  • AuntieMadder

    #7 April 22, 2012 at 1:54 am
    Tim in Cali commented:

    “Joy Behar or Special Ed Shultz….”

    Special Ed Shultz…LMAO!

  • JP

    This lady is awesome. I wish I lived in her district so I could vote for her. Good luck Mia!

  • AuntieMadder

    #55 April 22, 2012 at 11:07 am
    bobbymike commented:

    “Nobody on this blog cares a whit about her being black but it is fun to say “Black Conservative Congressional Candidate from Utah, Mia Love” 🙂

    It drives the left nuts that’s the fun part.”

    There ya’ go. That’s reason enough. heehee

    Seriously, though, as far as I know, this is the first blog post at GP about Mrs Love. Jim Hoft, in introducing his readers to this fine conservative nominee in Utah, told us several things about her that help those introduced to her identify and remember her: she’s black, she’s a conservative, her name is Mia Love, she’s a Utahian (?), and she just won the GOP’s nomination for the congressional seat in her district. In the blog post, he goes on to tell us that she’s the daughter of Haitian immigrants, that she’s married, and that she’s a convert to Mormonism. This is all part of introducing a candidate who is new to most readers here.

    If Mr Hoft were refer to Mrs Love as a black conservative thousands of times in hundreds of blog posts for several months, then I could understand accusing him of playing identity politics. To get all bent out of shape over it being part of his introducing Mrs Love to his readers is silly.

  • TAMjeanee

    WOW!!!! This is great, I’m so happy for her and her state!! She kind of reminds me of someone……Gov Palin, yup, she started from the bottom up and worked hard and lived the life, she will do great. She also will have the attacks from both sides, ugly attacks, so lets give her all the support she needs. We can do this gang, we will put our country back on track, MORE TPARTY PEOPLE LIKE MIA LOVE!!!! And another good sign, Hatch has to EARN his way back in, good luck with that, not much to show for 36yrs, in fact, HE’S PART OF THE PROBLEM, the reason we are where we are with the country in shambles…..GO MIA LOVE!!!

  • Andrew

    The thing that bothered me the most was that Mike Lee backed the establishment pick Carl Wimmer.

    Didn’t take long for him to sell out those who elected him.

  • nitnot

    Mia Love lives in my neighborhood. She is a nice normal person with an amazing energy and drive — she does not come across the way many politicans do with their arrogance and sense of entitlement (Hatch, gag). Mia is a normal rational person. You betcha I’ll be voting for her. How about Palin/Love 2016? D’craps can’t beat that!

  • bg

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    btw, someone inform the Dems she’s also Mormon..

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  • bg

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    re: #72 April 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm bg

    also Mormon = also s Mormon

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  • subman37

    The Republican Party tent should be big enough to let everyone in no matter what their race, color, or creed. This woman is a breath of fresh air and a rising star in the republican party. She contradicts the same old line we hear from Jackson, Sharpton, obama and the rest of the usual race baiting suspects. She deserves our support so we can say that this is what the Republican party is all about.

  • bg

    ++

    subman37 #74 April 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    what do you mean should??

    oh yeah, the career elite establishment Reps don’t like TEA Partiers,
    but they aren’t alone, neither do the career elite establishment Dems..

    ==

  • Terry Oler

    The Loves are great backyard neighbors and Mia has been a good mayor.

  • sablegsd

    Wonderful news!

  • Dale

    I can speak from living in UT that Mia is the real deal and a tea party conservative!!! Mia will beat blue dog Democrat Jim Matheson who has sided with Obama on too many issues, go Mia go!!!! p.s. she is a Mitt Romney supporter too!!!

  • gigold

    Of course Rev Al and Rev Jesse would point out that, because she is the child of IMMIGRANTS, that she isn’t authentically afro-american.

  • Sarah

    Nice! Hope she wins in November and becomes a strong voice for conservatives in congress!

  • alanwillingham

    Glad this information was made available, but why is Race used in the Headline? What difference does her skin color or ethnicity make? She is obviously an American by birth and a Conservative by choice… don’t allow the Liberal’s obsession with Race to affect your reporting

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  • palerobber

    we should have picked Wimmer. too many skeletons in closest for unvetted Love.

    btw, Matheson’s not the incumbent — this is a new district and one that a blue dog dem definitely should not be able to win.

  • Va Observer

    The Matheson name has been prominent in Utah politics for a long time, and the Mathesons are careful to avoid going off the deep left end with N. Pelosi et al. This will not be a cakewalk. Mrs. Love will need all the support she can get.