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article imageIs Mia Love the next big thing in the Republican Party?

By Andrew Moran     Aug 30, 2012 in Politics
Tampa - During the Republican National Convention, the GOP showcased its diversity by giving many Hispanics and blacks speaking roles. One person garnered much attention after her fiery speech: Mia Love, Saratoga Springs mayor and Utah congressional candidate.
“President Obama’s version of America is a divided one. Often pitting us against each other based on income level, gender and social status. His policies have failed us, we’re not better off than we were four years ago and no rhetoric, bumper sticker or Hollywood campaign ad can change that. Mr. President, I am here to tell you we are not buying what you are selling in 2012.”
These were the words of one Mia Love, which led to a tremendous applause.
If someone would utter the name Mia Love during a conversation on politics before this week, a large number of responses would include a confused look and the question, “Who?” After a speech that many labeled as inspiring and passionate, millions of Americans are learning about this woman, who could be the next big thing in the Republican Party.
Ludmya Bourdeau was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1975. Her parents immigrated from Haiti in 1973 with only $10 in their pockets and following their move to Connecticut, they brought her older siblings from Haiti. She is university educated, has extensive experience in the private sector and already has close to a decade of experience in public office.
In 2003, Love was elected to the Saratoga Springs city council. Following her six years serving on city council, she was elected as the third mayor of Saratoga Springs. Many of her initiatives as mayor have garnered accolades, including cutting councillors’ expenses, reducing the budget deficit from $3.5 million to $779,000 and for a city of its size; it has a bond rating of AA+.
Love is now running in the 4th Congressional District in Utah and will go head-to-head against six-term Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson. Many mainstream Republicans have endorsed her campaign, including Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
She is running on a platform of limited government, fiscal discipline and personal responsibility. When she tackles an issue, she often asks herself three quintessential questions: “Is it affordable? Is it sustainable? Is it my job?"
In an email last month to The Hill, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan had nothing but good things to say about Love.
“What we love about Mia is she is a reformer,” wrote Ryan. “She’s got the kind of leadership skills and the tenacity to actually fix this country’s problems. We need people who are willing to take tough votes and apply leadership to get us out of the mess we are in.”
From a small city in Utah to the national stage, her speech, which could possibly define her career, led many to depict her as a rising star in the GOP.
Speaking with Townhall in an interview Wednesday, Love didn’t anticipate the reaction that she received. It wasn’t even on her radar when she gave her 300-word address. Love even became the fastest-rising Google search term.
“I wanted to get a message out,” said Love. “That message comes from Utah, comes from the 4th district, talks about the America we know, in the past, where we are, where we're going in the future, and if we don't change anything, we're going to end up with an America that we don't recognize.”
Although the numbers are still quite premature, Love estimates that her congressional campaign has already garnered approximately $100,000. On her website, the fundraising goal has gone from $50,000 to $175,000 – she noted that Matheson’s campaign has outspent her 10 to one so far.
After scorching words to President Obama that fired up the crowd, Love could generate a huge following not only in the state of Utah but across the country from much of the GOP base that has plenty of disdain to the incumbent administration. This has prompted some to be scared.
It was reported that Love’s Wikipedia page was defaced with inflammatory comments and incorrect information. The changes have already been taken down by editors, but bloggers were quick to grab as much of the information as possible.
“Aunt Tom,” “House N-----,” “dirty, worthless whore” and “token” were only some of the labels reportedly posted on her Wikipedia profile page.
These insulting remarks haven’t hurt the campaign, but rather it has generated support among Republican voters and Independents, who are contributing to the LoveBomb.
In the next decade or so, will Mia Love be a household name? Will she be a GOP star much like Florida Senator Marco Rubio, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Mexico Governor Susana Martinez are destined to be?
Since she is only 37 years old, time is on her side. One thing, though: let the smears begin.
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