For Mia Love, that is. Who is Mia Love, you might ask? Well, she is Mayor of Saratoga Springs in Utah, and as of Saturday, is the nominee for a brand new GOP congressional seat in Utah. In November, Ms. Love will face off against Democratic incumbent, James Matheson. So far, she seems to be doing pretty well in the polls against the incumbent.
But wait, there’s more. Ms. Love is the daughter of Haitian immigrants. According to Legal Insurrection:
[snip] 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.[snip]
Mighty impressive, to be sure. But there is much more to her story as the National Review notes (h/t SSDD(:
[snip]Love’s presence in Congress would certainly shake up the House. I met her at CPAC, the annual conservative conference, where she gave a stirring speech: “According to liberals, I’m not supposed to exist. I know that I am going to be a target for the Left. I have something to say to them: Game On.”
She was right about being a target. The liberal website Daily Kos ran an article about her race in January in which it dismissed her as “one of only two African-Americans living in Utah not currently playing for the Jazz.” It went on to claim “the GOP is clearly desperate for a new token black Republican, after Herman Cain and Michael Steele didn’t pan out.”
Love says she is no token, but that her family’s immigrant experience did shape her. Her parents came to the U.S. knowing no English. Her father became a paint-company manager while her mother worked as a nurse. They taught her to not to “be a burden to society.”
“I had a front-row seat for two people living the American dream,” she told her CPAC audience earlier this year. “I will not stand by as we leave our children a legacy of debt and dependency.”
After graduating from the University of Hartford with a degree in fine arts, Love moved to Utah in 1998 to stay with a friend for a few months and started dating Jason Love, a Mormon missionary she had known in Connecticut. She joined the church just before they were married. They now have three children ranging in age from four to twelve. She won a seat on her local city council in 2004 at the age of 29, and in 2010 she ran for mayor and won. [snip] (Click here to read more about Ms. Love.
She was right about being a target for liberals. That has already happened. I have no doubt it will happen some more before the election is over.
[snip]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.
Jacobsen went on to do a search at major media sites and found this:
Yeah. Zip. Isn’t that, um, interesting? A Haitian American running for US Congress gets no coverage by the MSM? Mr. Jacobsen points out that she is a candidate worthy of election based on her record, and not the “firsts” listed above. But still, aren’t those usually the things that the MSM likes to tout? It is telling indeed that the MSM is AWOL on reporting about her. If anyone wanted to know about her, they would have to stick to online sites, not all complimentary of her, I might add (like Daily Kos, for instance). But that would be about it.
Congratulations to Ms. Love. I wish her well in the November election. Hopefully she will have the opportunity to “shake things up” at the CBC, as she intends to do if elected (according to NRO). Let’s hope she gets the chance to do so.
Until then, the MSM can stop hating on Ms. Love, and actually report on this “first.” Don’t you think?