Mia B. Love won a historic nomination at the Utah Republican convention on Saturday to run for Congress in the newly-created 4th Congressional District.
Love was the first black woman elected mayor in Utah’s history, is the first black woman nominated for Congress in Utah, and if elected to Congress, would be the first black Republican congresswoman. I’m almost positive that she would be the first person of Haitian descent elected to Congress. I’m sure if I looked hard enough, I could find some other firsts.
None of this is a reason to vote for Love — she deserved the nomination and deserves to win based on the merits. She has an inspirational life story, a solid record of public service, and is a political rock star.
But given the mainstream media obsession with ethnic/racial/gender firsts, I figured I’d search the leading national newspapers and wire services, which surely would be touting this black Republican conservative female first.
Here’s what I found:
NY Times: Nada
Washington Post: Zip
USA Today: Silencio
Reuters: (still sleeping)
AP: Isn’t Obama Great!