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Mia Love: I was elected based on principles and “Utah values”

Mia Love: I was elected based on principles and “Utah values”

Mia Love’s success is one of the most satisfying moments for Legal Insurrection.

On Election night it was particularly satisfying to see Mia Love elected to the House of Representatives in Utah’s 4th District.

It was satisfying not just because it was a Republican pick up, but because of our long history of following Mia’s political career from its infancy:

We first covered Mia — and were the first to cover her campaign — in early January 2012, when no one gave her a chance of getting the Republican nomination, Mia B. Love – A conservative political star rises in … Utah:

If you haven’t heard of Ludmya “Mia” B. Love before, you will be hearing a lot more about her. Mia has the potential to be the next big thing in conservative politics. And you heard about her here first!

I remember calling her when her campaign was in its infancy, and she actually picked up her cell phone and gave me an interview as she was in the car driving to an event. She seemed so happy that someone, anyone, was calling with interest in her candidacy.

We backed her campaign in 2012, when she lost by just a few hundred votes, and again this year.

I have no illusions that Mia or any other politician can fulfill all our expectations. She will be under tremendous pressure from Republican leadership and others.  But there also is no doubt that we are better off having Mia in Congress.

Mia Love still would have been a rock star and made history even without Legal Insurrection’s involvement.

Yet, that we and the readership were involved from the outset, long before the Republican establishment caught on, is particularly satisfying to me.  I like to think it’s one of the things we do best.

(video via Mediaite)


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It is appropriate for LI to be proud of this.
It was LI’s coverage, starting a couple of years ago, that got me following and contributing to her campaigns.

Normally I would find patting one’s self on the back a bit annoying. In this case it is really well deserved. Congrats to Mia, oops, Congresswoman Love. And thanks Mr. J.

Tim Scott and Mia Love are both being ignored by the NAACP.

Which is really good. It isolates the NAACP as the racist Collectivist organ they have tragically become.

Henry Hawkins | November 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Hold on, now. Love hasn’t served a minute yet. A certain number of these new GOP officeholders are already committed to Team RINO at the head of the GOP, while others will be coerced into obedience. A certain number of new folks will prove deeply disappointing. I just hope Mia Love isn’t one of them.

I’m also dying to hear the excuses for why she can’t be an active member of the Black Congressional Caucus.

    Ragspierre in reply to Henry Hawkins. | November 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    All indications I see are that she’ll be a bright star. I’ve heard her speak several times. She’s impressive. Her favorite economist is Bastiat, which ain’t no bad thing.

    Radegunda in reply to Henry Hawkins. | November 6, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Those who stand up firmly against the “black people must be Democrats” crowd are likely to be unusually capable of holding their own against the party establishment.

“I’m also dying to hear the excuses for why she can’t be an active member of the Black Congressional Caucus.”

Because she’s not really black, or female, doncha know? She’s just another privileged white male. 🙂

    Anonamom in reply to Barry. | November 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Well, I believe they consider her true title to be “Aunt Thomasina.” Or something like that. So, really, she just totally doesn’t count. But what do I know? Apparently, my voting habits reveal me to be a betrayer of my uterus. Or something like that.

American Human | November 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Didn’t she beat the son of former governor Scott Matheson (D)? I was there when he was governor, not such a bad guy but still a T&S democrat. I don’t like political dynasties among families, it breeds corruption.

American Human | November 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm

BTW, Mia Love is really cute too!

Henry Hawkins | November 6, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Oh, I donated to both her campaigns and all, but the last 20 years have taught me to see it before I fully believe it. I hope she’s as golden as she’s sounded.

I remember giving to the original campaign after being alerted by LegalInsurrection, and seeing that first campaign video, and being so disappointed when she lost. That was disheartening, I felt invested in that race.

I was very excited to see this win! Especially after getting an e-mail close to the wire on how tight the polling was.

One concern I have is the Cook PVI for this district shows up pretty red, and the margin was only a few points.

Hopefully with 2 years in office and a chance to represent her constituents she can build a strong base as an incumbent, but surely the 2016 election will be different, much as 2008 and 2012 were tougher than 2010 and 2014 were for Republicans.

Given how tight (barely over 3% points of win margin), she needs to build a stronger base in the district so we can see her coming back again and again for years to come.

But a great first step!

Would it be too much to ask that Mia Love not join the Congressional Black Caucus because they are an openly racist organization and set a very bad example?