Mia Love is used to being different. The Brooklyn-born, daughter of Haitian parents is also a Mormon. The up-and-coming politician cinched the GOP nomination for Utah’s fourth congressional district over the weekend, and if she’s elected in November, Love would become the first black Republican Congresswoman in history.

A product of working-class immigrant parents, Love says she’s the embodiment of the American Dream and hopes her presence in the not-so-diverse GOP will encourage others to give the party a second look.

“We have an opportunity to reach some of our fellow Americans that we haven’t been able to reach, ever, on the conservative side,” she told Yahoo News. “And if I can reach our fellow Americans and get them to believe what we believe–that the way that they’re going to realize the American dream is through hard work and that they can do it, then I’m happy to play that role. I’m happy to be the example.”

Love—who handedly beat her Republican opponents, raking in 70-percent of the primary vote—says that’ll she’s join the Congressional Black Caucus if elected to help Congressman Allen West “change it from the inside out.” The Libertarian-leaning, former Mayor says that she’s not concerned about what people do in the private lives, but plans on limiting the powers of government and opposing regulations, especially those set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Love will face off with Democratic incumbent Rep. Jim Matheson in the fall to see if she’ll be able to continue her winning ways all the way to Washington.

  • Dalili

    I wish her well! It’s always good to see women doing great things!!

  • CurlySue

    “The Libertarian-leaning, former Mayor says that she’s not concerned about what people do in the private lives, but plans on limiting the powers of government and opposing regulations, especially those set by the Environmental Protection Agency”. Sounds like my kinda chick. It’s great to see Republican female politicians of the non-batsh*t crazy variety. And we def need a woman’s voice in the party to stem the tide of misogyny-cum-policy that’s been the SOP lately.

  • LemonNLime

    Reminds me of Margret Thatcher in the way she describes how she grew up. Maybe it is just me but non-straight/ non-white conservatives aren’t a crazy or surprising thing because I know many. My father and many of my family members are conservatives, they don’t believe it is the responsibility of the government to support people and quote II Thessalonians 3:10 all the time, “He who does not work, neither shall he eat”.

    Also notice how I never said anything about GOP? There is a BIG difference between a true conservative and the GOP which is a mess. I have no issue with conservative thought and actually support some conservative theory but the GOP is bat s*** crazy and are more central/right than right/right.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    a black mormon republican? can you say “stockholm syndrome”?

  • omfg

    would not vote for this woman in a million years.

  • MsMooreinDC

    Ah, don’t you just love when the subaltern becomes a pawn in the ruling class’ game?

    Depressing.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    I think Love has got to be one of the best last names of all time. Like Style. I went out with a guy who’s last name was Style–alas, it was not meant to be.

  • QCastle

    I would have to judge this woman based on her politics. I would probably nod my head to a some of it. Wish her luck from a fellow Ayisyen!!!!!

  • Mimsy

    Good luck to her but there’s no way no how I would voluntarily live in Utah.

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    The irony is not lost on me in reference to a Mormon worshipping, Republican voting Black woman.

  • Natalie

    She can go…far, far away. There’s no place for Black Republicans and their ignorance in our country. We’re dealing with enough. #yesisaidit

  • Tonton Michel

    I don’t give a rats butt if she is of Haitian descent, this one is walking around with a machete ready to slash a whole lot of needed programs with code words that came out of that video.

  • I got sense!

    Okay, so I actually like what she has to say and agree with everything she stands for. I do however, feel that he ideals are unrealistic. If there were really no discrimination what she is saying would be absolutely GREAT! You either fail or succeed based on your own efforts and merit, BUT since that’s not the case we do need social programs. The problem I have with America is that we are REactive instead of PROactive. We need to do what we can to prevent the problems instead of letting them happen under the guise of “constitutional rights” and then bashing each other in an effort to elect someone who has all the solutions to fix the problems. It’s a little too late in history for the idealistic point of view that she has but I do agree with it nonetheless.

  • http://[email protected] stephanie

    ugh..the yaky pony box braids. and wtf is with government handouts, if a person needs it then they need it. yes, i do agree that a lot of people abuse the system, i didnt appreciate her mentioning that her or her family never accepted handouts…gtfho!

  • http://Itsoftenbeensaid.wordpress.com Sasha

    I’d vote for her, good luck Mrs. Love!

  • Alexandra

    “There is a BIG difference between a true conservative and the GOP which is a mess. I have no issue with conservative thought and actually support some conservative theory”

    Well said. I’m in agreement because there are a lot of conservative principles that I can agree with, but many people like to tie social/traditional values with political party. You can be a conservative/moderate Democrat and vice versa.

  • Kenzy

    the reference to stockholm syndrome made me laugh lol and her living in and “loving utah” as she said just made this statement even more hilarious to me. That being said, i wish her well, but still wont be changing my political affiliations just to support “one of us” this is all of course if i lived in utah..which i dont.

  • bk_betty

    Love needs an education. She seems to have adopted the worldview of a white, geographically isolated minority. What are her thoughts on how affecting the majority of Hatian immigrants (and other people of color) in the U.S. including systemic lack of access to adequate healthcare, education, housing, and even basic food? I am all for shrinking the size of the Defense Dept., but we actually need the Environmental Protection Agency so keep us from having more incidents like BP in the Gulf region. Or doesn’t Love believe in global warming (ie basic science)? It’s disturbing that so many on this site are quick to “wish her well”. It speaks to the sad state of our country. Love seems like a nice person, but her Libretarian-leaning politics are dangerous and completely the wrong direction. Seems like she is overcompensating for feeling like an outsider by upholding extreme views.

  • ko

    Gorgeous children. Too bad their mother is a fool.

  • Rastaman

    I believe they forgot the scene where she says “we sick Massa”.

  • edub

    Once you have to resort to attacking someone’s appearance, you loose. Seriously.

  • omfg

    i love that she’s a fitness maniac, and a runner. lol.

  • entro

    What kills me about rethugs is they quote the Bible and do the opposite of what Jesus did. There are numerous scripture commanding us to take care of the poor . The early church soonafter Jesus was crucufied came together and sold all of their belongings and distributed the proceeds among their community so that noone would be without. Today they would be considered socialist . The scripture quoted above by a previous commenter is always thrown out to justify their heartless selfishness but the ones commanding to be generous to the poor are never mentioned
    I am conservative when it comes to my personal life but not socially i could never try to legislate morality,because who am I to force you to live and believe as I do, that’s between you and God and he gives you a free will to choose . Jesus was never involved in trying to change the government but he was about changing hearts and these people just dont get it or they choose to ignore parts of scripture that does not fit into their politics. Jesus Christ never strongarmed anyone into believing him but was merciful and kept company with the least of us and many were converted by him because of his kindness and compassion. I truly believe that if he came back today the very people who claim to be christiansn(especially the political ones) would crucify him once
    again because they would not recognize him. For this woman to black, mormon and republican proves to me she is completely disconnected

  • QofNew

    @stephanie

    This woman’s family didnt take a handout because they were offered and refused on principle, they didnt take a handout because their visa status probably didnt allow them to. My Visa to the UK states very clearly, NO RECOURSE TO PUBLIC FUNDS, even though I work and pay taxes. My husband had to show proof of employment, savings and his name on a lease or a mortgage in order for me to be granted leave to remain in this country and it goes up for review when you reapply.

  • Loquacious

    From one black woman Republican to another, “get it girl!” If I lived in Utah, I would vote for her. Fortunately, I know better than to live out there. But, I support her. We need more black Republicans running for congress.

  • paloma

    She sounds like a moderate Republican. So I guess that helps everyone out. The thing is Republicans have this image of America that is inaccurate.

  • The Taker

    No. No. and No. Kiss my ass.

  • http://changecomesslow.com/2012/04/25/lets-play-veepstakes/ Nikesha

    I support her candidacy but I probably won’t support her policies.

    I think Republicans have this thing that Democrats don’t believe hard work is required to achieve the American dream.

    That’s where they are wrong.

    I think everyone in this country fundamentally understands hardwork is required to survive in America. The difference is that that hardwork should not be over ridden by a government who only wants to reward those who have already achieved their stadium status.

    good luck to her but no thanks.

  • au napptural

    A black Mormon, huh? No wonder she’s a Rep. Continuing that self-hating tradition I see. Black people still aren’t “allowed” to hold many positions in that church. Cuz we have that dark mark yall. Like Voldemort. I swear these people, using term loosely, need help.

  • ally

    I like to know what she’s going to do to help black americans in this country not just the american people

  • MsMooreinDC

    Right? Missed that too…damn editors.

  • Dalili

    LOL @ the Voldemort analogy! That’s hilarious!

  • Panther

    If her husband were also African American would she still have won… IN UTAH?

  • mrhatian23

    As a born hatian who know lives in palm beach florida I would not vote for her at all. She is a disgrace for all hatians. Obviously she does not like black men

  • Angelica

    So Mia, when your party purposefully engages in race baiting while campaigning and you accidentally get tagged in all of the hate email, are you going to stand up against racism.

    You were asked in another interview about how you felt when president Obama was elected and you skipped the question. Instead you decided to judge him based on his first four years using all the GOP ‘buzz words’ like big government and ‘not what the American people want’. You clearly haven’t done your homework on the President and don’t seem to realize that the only reason they’re calling you a star is because you’re “black, mormon and a woman.” Do you have any political accomplishments to share. You need to start highlighting those accomplishments if you have them because if you don’t they’ll continue to put you in your black, mormon woman box that you’re already in….Yet you claim you don’t allow folks to put you in a box.

  • Amanda

    Yeah she was Mayor first……. Sarasota springs I think.

    Balanced the budget and brought her city out of debt….. what are your accomplishments

    and
    Calling HER a racist because your to racist to date outside of your own race doesn’t count!

  • Dr. Geard A. Ferere

    Does that imply that one should vote or vow for that republican Allen West-admirer-Clarence Thomas-like-woman just because she is black, a black mormon, or from Haitian descent? This is what would really boggle my mind. Anyway we are not electing “Haitians”. As a proud American citizen of Haitian descent, my goal concerning the present Congress is to get rid of as many as possible of those “hell no you you can’t,- just say no” reactionaries, and not contribute to the implementation of their right-wing, anti-poor, anti-middle class,, anti-woman agenda

  • J. Carl Jarda, M.D.

    As a Haitian by birth, I am very proud of her. As a Haitin American, I do not share some of her party’s views/beliefs on many issues that matter to the whole country, mostly social ones…

  • my_reply

    @Amanda- I don’t think she called her a racist. You are the one throwing that word out. She says the GOP constantly race baits. It’s true. Moderate Republicans such as Romney are okay, but the party seems to have been hijacked by right wing extremists who are the kings of divisiveness. Race baiting is one of their tricks. It’s funny how they say Obama is divisive for calling wall street bankers greedy, but when they dehumanize and talk badly about poor people it’s okay.

  • Ms. Information

    In the Mormon religion any worthy male can be given the priesthood and is given specific duties. Black people were not allowed to have the priesthood until 1978. Females are not allowed to have the priesthood….no bueno.

  • Tony Lawrence

    Frankly, I don’t understand Black Mormon’s; http://www.christiandefense.org/mor_black.htm The Mormon church saw Blacks as cursed. Being a conservative is fine but a further clue is who she’s married too as well. That she would demean President Obama is horrible in my view but haven’t we seen other Blacks who have hated themselves and other Blacks before.

    Sad.

  • Greg Morancy

    As a Haitian I think she represents most of Haitians point of you,because Haitians are conservative by nature.however they were highjack by the DNC promess everyone a welfare states.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.lawrence.589 Tony Lawrence

    Conservatives might well have said lets not help Haiti after their earthquake. The DNC doesn’t promise a welfare state. Liberals just believe in a safety net. Higher taxes for the rich. Health care for ALL Americans and a decent education for those who can’t afford one. On that note if many conservatives had their way immigrants like Mrs. Love’s parents might NOT been able to move to the US. Certainly not with just $10.00 in their pocket and a dream.

    We can encourage people to be self reliant but we must also be compassionate and understand that we all don’t start out with equal opportunities. The best of America must be giving everyone a fair chance to succeed. Not just White Americans and those who marry them or those who feel making it means putting down those who haven’t.

  • Patrick Abernathy

    Mia Love, as well as all LDS women stand side by side with their husband in marriage. She will be accepted and loved by the members of her ward just as any other ward member. She and her LDS Sisters can and do serve in the LDS Church with distinction. It is true that she cannot be called to the position of bishop or stake president, but she may be called to as the ward relief society president, stake relief society president or any other leadership calling for women. I serve equally with women in the St. George Temple and all of my fellow ordinance workers consider them equal. In the LDS Church men and women have different functions just as we do in society. Woman bear children; men do not. I do aspire to be a mother and she does not aspire to be a father. Mucho bueno.

  • John

    No she can’t.

  • c perry

    what a disgrace to the Black race her and Michael Steele should have got married and Ron Christie and Herman Cain

  • http://clutchmagazine blcknnblvuu

    The gop finally found a smart token .the gop is still full of bigots and extremists for anyone but a few clueless non whites to join this woman is a disgrace to Haitian people

  • ANthony

    Mia Love was given the one district in Utah to run in that was not safe for a Repubican. I guess “given” is the wrong word since you run where you life, but still she is an example of smart marketing because win or lose, the Republicans got to tout her as an example of their diversity or openess. The bigger point is that until the Repubicans actually listen to Black people and promote Black candidates that have a real connection to the Black community, all of their Black candidates will come off as tokens.

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