“Mia” Love mesmerized caucus goers with her sheer force of presence, Saturday afternoon in Salt Lake City delivering a stirring campaign stump speech to attendees at the Utah GOP State Convention. Her efforts garnered 78% of the fourth district caucus vote against a formidable opponent businessman Bob Fuehr. She spoke of the power of the American dream to drive people to do hard things. “The American dream embodies the power of courage, the promise of freedom and the prospect of something better,” she said. Love addressed American exceptionalism – “the dream to be extraordinary.” Her parents arrived from Haiti with almost nothing to pursue their version of the American dream. She spoke of freedom and liberty and said “Washington is ruining America.” Going on to say that government is so big “that they can lie to us, spy on us, and then target those who disagree with them.” The former mayor of Saratoga Springs went on to say “we have a president who believes he is bigger than us just because he has a phone and a pen.” Love emphasized that when “government grows, freedom shrinks, and once a freedom is taken away it is never given back.” “We need people who not only talk about conservative principles, but boldly act on them,” she said. Love then asked those attending to run with her to defeat the challenges of our day.
Earlier that afternoon Utah Senator Mike Lee arrived to a standing ovation which was unexpected if your only source of news is the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News and provided obvious contrast to the respectful but indifferent reception to Senator Orrin Hatch earlier in the day. Senator Lee spoke about the need for republicans to talk about what they are for rather than what they are against repeating many themes from his recent CPAC speech and his speech at a rally the night before.
Mike Lee and Ted Cruze at Utah Rally
Mike Lee at CPAC
Following are different accounts across the country of the Mia Love victory:
Mia Love wins GOP nomination for Utah seat
Rising Republican star Mia Love comfortably secured her party’s nomination to replace retiring Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, on Saturday, putting her one step closer to becoming the first black female Republican elected to Congress.
TheHill.com reports that the former Saratoga Springs, Utah, mayor brought in over 78 percent of the vote at the local Republican convention, with competitor Bob Fuehr coming second with approximately 22 percent of the vote.
“Mia Love has been a tireless advocate for hardworking Utah families throughout her career and will bring this same dedication to Congress,” said National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Greg Walden in a statement Saturday evening.
Mia Love clinches Republican nomination at Utah convention
Republicans » Mia Love cruises to the nomination for Congress in a convention with very few surprises.
By Robert Gehrke | The Salt Lake Tribune
Apr 26 2014 12:57
After losing to Rep. Jim Matheson in 2012 by a razor-thin margin, Republican Mia Love will get another shot at going to Congress, this time taking on Doug Owens, the son of a former congressman.
Love, who gained national prominence in her first campaign, clinched the party’s nomination by securing more than 78 percent of the vote Saturday from Republican delegates in the 4th Congressional District against opponent Bob Fuehr.
Love said she met with more delegates during the past five weeks than the nearly 850 who actually showed up from her district to vote at the state GOP convention at South Towne Expo Center.
Mia Love Clinches GOP Nomination for Congress
By Abby Livingston
Posted at 5:44 p.m. on April 26
Love won her party’s nod for the House in Utah. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love earned ample support from Utah Republicans on Saturday to win her party’s nod for the House — and most likely become the GOP’s first black congresswoman.
One of the GOP’s most-touted prospects, Love received 78 percent of the delegate votes and put away the nomination at this year’s state Republican convention, according to the Deseret News. Her primary rival, businessman Bob Fuehr, garnered about 22 percent of the vote.
Mia Love one step closer to Congress
By Julian Hattem
Rising GOP star Mia Love handily secured the Republican nominee Saturday to replace retiring Rep. Jim Matheson’s (D-Utah).
The former Saratoga Springs, Utah, mayor raked in more than 78 percent of the vote at the party’s nominating convention, while businessman Bob Fuehr received just about 22 percent, according to multiple reports. The victory makes her one step closer to becoming the first black female Republican ever elected to Congress.
Now, she will face off against Democrat Doug Owens, a Salt Lake City attorney who garnered 98 percent of his party’s support at his own party’s convention.
(image via love4utah.com)