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Wednesday
Aug292012

Mia Love, GOP’s African American Mormon Candidate, Rocks RNC

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Mia Love had only two minutes to speak yesterday.  Her time slot was during the 7 p.m. hour when most delegates are still milling around the hall and not paying much attention.  But she managed to do what many of the later bigger name speakers failed to do: energize the hall and bring the delegates to their feet.

That’s why there’s a lot of talk about Mia Love today. She is the African American (and Mormon) Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah.  And she has a good shot of becoming the first black woman Republican elected to Congress if she can beat Utah Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson.

Her speech last night focused on the American Dream attained by her parents, who emigrated from Haiti with “ten dollars in their pocket.”

"President Obama’s version of America is a divided one — pitting us against each other based on our income level, gender, and social status. His policies have failed! We are not better off than we were 4 years ago, and no rhetoric, bumper sticker, or campaign ad can change that.

Mr. President, I am here to tell you we are not buying what you are selling in 2012.

The American Dream is our story. It is a story of human struggle, standing up and striving for more. It’s been told for over 200 years with small steps and giant leaps; from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream; and the bravery of the greatest generation, to the entrepreneurs of today.

This is our story. This is the America we know because we built it."


WATCH HER CONVENTION SPEECH HERE:

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Friday
Jul062012

Utah Mayor Mia Love Would Forego Congressional Salary If Elected

Love4Utah(SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah) -- If Mia Love is elected to Congress, she would not only be the first black female Republican ever to hold a U.S. House seat, she would also be one of the only Members of Congress to reject the $175,000 salary that comes with the job.

Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, said she has “no problem with having a pay cut.”

“The pay means nothing to me,” Love told CY Interview’s Chris Yandek and Jay Bildstein. “My husband provides a great living for all of us and you know I’m obviously not doing this because I need a job.”

Considering the entire personnel budget for Saratoga Springs’ mayor and five city council members was $36,000 in 2010, the $175,000 salary for a member of Congress is likely ten times higher than Love’s current salary.

“You know I have to tell you, this is going to be a sacrifice for myself and my family,” Love said. “I’m only doing this because I realize that the situation that my children are facing and my potential grandchildren will be facing in this country.”

But Love did not say she would work for free.

“As long as I can go to and from work and it doesn’t create a heavy financial burden, I’m perfectly fine with a pay cut,” she said. “That’s not a big deal.”

As an African American woman, Love has emerged as a rising star of the Republican Party. Currently there are only two black Republicans in Congress, South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott and Florida Rep. Allen West.

Last week Love scored a major endorsement from Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Love may need all the support she can get as she faces off against six-term Democrat Jim Matheson, who was leading Love by 15 points in the latest poll.

If elected, Love would not be the only representative foregoing the majority of their salary. Rep. John Yarmouth, D-Ky., has donated his congressional income to charity every year since he was first elected in 2006.

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Friday
Jun292012

Ann Romney Endorses Mia Love in Utah Congressional Race

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In her first solo endorsement of the 2012 cycle, Ann Romney has backed Utah Congressional candidate Mia Love.

The Romneys’ son Josh has already been vocal of his support for Love and Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Congressman, said last weekend in Utah that Josh and others there for the Romney donor retreat went to a fundraiser for Love.

“Women across the country are concerned for our children’s futures,” said Ann Romney in a written statement. “Will our children be able to find jobs and will they be faced with burdensome debt? Mia’s record of reducing spending and making government more accountable to the taxpayers should be an example for Washington. With leaders like her, we can help ensure that our children and grandchildren have bright futures.”

If elected, Love, a fitness instructor and small town mayor, would become the first African American Republican woman in Congress. But she will have to defeat six-term Democrat Jim Matheson. It’s already one of the most watched Congressional races of 2012 and handicappers rate it a toss-up.

Recent polling in the state shows Matheson with a solid lead.

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