Mia Love looks toward next election, hires top Hatch strategist


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  • Independent Thinker West Jordan, UT
    March 17, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    The "one point" Mia Love lost by is the point that she is a closed-minded ultra-conservative with more personal political ambition than concern for the American people.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 17, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    While Mia is running against Jim, let's hope that Donna McAleer will continue her run to replace Rob Bishop. Then, when election time comes around, let's hope that both Jim and Donna will be successful. Mia has already shown her true political colors and they're not pretty.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    March 17, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    Prediction: Love loses by a much larger margin the second time round. Sorry Mia, the Tea Party movement is burning out.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 17, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    Perhaps now we will figure out what she meant about being the baby who allowed her parents to become citizens. (Or maybe she'll continue to deny she ever said it. I'm backing Benson on that one.)
    It is interesting to note that the left sees her as nothing more than a token minority candidate. Don't expect them to give her any credibility. They only respect minorities in their own party.

    March 17, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    Why doesn't she concentrate on fulfilling her duties as mayor of our city. All she cares about is climbing the political ladder. Shame on her.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    March 17, 2013 2:08 p.m.

    Mia's fantastic. I hope she gets him this time.

  • hamberg Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    @Independent Thinker: No Mia lost because she couldn't get her message out. Politics is dirty business and Matteson did what he needed to do to win and Mia didn't have the tools to compete. Mia will lose again unless she can do a much better job communicating her message. Matteson didn't win the election Mia Love lost it.

  • jrgl CEDAR CITY, UT
    March 17, 2013 3:43 p.m.

    Oh please no! I'm not in her district but the TV advertisements Love ran ad nauseum were enough to drive everyone in Utah nuts. I'm still reeling from the negative attack ads and am not looking forward to her being involved in any Utah politics. Once was enough and there is no love...

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    March 17, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    Actually, hamberg (2:41 p.m. March 17, 2013) Mia lost because she DID get her message out. She got it out completely and well. Her problem came from the fact that people understood her message, and then rejected both her and her message (and in the process rejected her very dishonest campaigning). Utah won big-time when Representative Matheson was re-elected because he is Utah's only representative on the national level (in either the House or the Senate) who represents all the citizens of Utah and not just those on the extreme far right fringes. The state and its people won big-time when Mia Love was defeated.

  • captnblackberry las vegas, NV
    March 17, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    What is Mia Love's message?

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    March 17, 2013 6:26 p.m.

    Whether Mia Love runs, wins, or loses, Americans that stand for god-fearing, Constitutional principles, will never give up. We are in the majority, if God is counted, no matter who joins in the chorus for a Godless socialistic government. Socialism will never solve the challenges of the 21st century, or for any century for that matter. Socialism is Anit-God at its core. So, unless you are a socialist, limiting government, protecting and defending the Constitution, and defending marraige and family values are the only things of worth. If the Democrats, Libertarians, Republicans, Libertarians, or Independents are for the above mentioned values, they have my support. So, go ahead, what am I? And what of the above named values do you disagree with? The real American Patriots will in the end be defined by Liberty, as defined by the above mentioned values, not whether he/she belonged to a political party.

  • Tulip West Jordan, UT
    March 17, 2013 6:44 p.m.

    Don't hire "old guard" consultants. Go fresh with "new guard" conservatism!

  • hamberg Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    @JRGL: Matheson's campaign went dirty when Jim started falling behind in the polls and when Mia Love tried to counter, Mia countered in a very poor and ineffective way. Mia wasn't prepared to debate Jim Matteson and failed to attack him on his weaknesses as a candidate. Jim's strengths is that Jim will respond even to people who aren't in his district where most of the other candidates don't. Because of that Jim has a resource of volunteers of people loyal to him and Mia is more distant which will make her unelectable if she doesn't change. Jim is a Blue Dog Democrat from Utah which means he has little influence especially in a seat that is at risk. Mia and Crockett are two examples of where candidates lost because they couldn't organize volunteers where that's Matheson's strength.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 17, 2013 8:38 p.m.

    So Mia cannot get her message out in the conservative state of Utah but somehow she is going to be effective at being a voice for Utah out in DC? The fact she cannot get her message out in a relatively favorable environment like Utah is all the more reason to think she does not have what it takes to go to DC.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 17, 2013 9:28 p.m.

    Mia like the rest of the GOP does not have a problem getting their message out they are very good at talking, the gop's issue is they forgot how to listen.

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2013 10:11 p.m.

    The sequels are almost always worse than the originals. That race was so ugly last time I'm tempted to move out of state instead of having to witness it again.

  • hamberg Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2013 10:49 p.m.

    @Tolstoy: An overwhelming number of our elected officials DO NOT LISTEN to the voters, nor do they attempt to communicate directly with them. Two examples of candidates that do have more of a direct relationship with the voters are Orin Hatch and Jim Matteson and THAT IS EXACTLY WHY THEY KEEP GETTING ELECTED! Mia Love did get her message out because she attacked Jim Mattheson on the wrong issues which he was weakest so when Jim Matteson decided to go negative when he was falling behind in the polls Mia Love couldn't recover. Matteson isn't very effective in Washington because he is a Blue Dog Democrat in a state that doesn't matter to the very liberal Democratic leadership in Washington. I like Jim Matteson however most any other Democrat would be more effective than Jim in the House. There would have been no difference in the House between Mia Love and Jim Matteson because they don't really matter. Matteson won the election because he does one thing exceptionally well and that's relates to the voters and until a Republican can equal that strength they will continue to lose. No other issue matters.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 18, 2013 5:34 a.m.

    It looks like from the comments that people mostly want to move on.

    Token is still token.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    March 18, 2013 9:54 a.m.

    I heard her name trotted out yesterday morning on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace as an example of diversity in the conservatives party? So one mayor of a small town in the most conservative state who lost to a democrat is the best they can come up with to convince the people they are ready to lead?

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 18, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    Mia was close last time but she needs conservatives to actually show up at the polls. If they put together a good campaign she might have a good shot at winning. 2014 is still a bit off so anything can happen.

  • really? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 18, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    Mia Love isn't smart enough to be an effective mayor, candidate for Congress, or a Congresswoman. Go talk to her and see for yourself. Ask her about any issue and make her say something besides her practiced lines and sound bites. You'll see that she doesn't know the issues and really doesn't understand the problems that we face in Utah and the U.S. I'm no fan of Matheson, but Mia Love is not the answer. Not even close.

    @banderson Stop trying to bring your God into politics. You demand the presence of God in this country but if someone tried to bring their version of God into politics and subject you to their whims, you would freak out. Stop doing it to others. The Bible says, "pray in your closets..."

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    March 18, 2013 12:53 p.m.

    Really: You have your opinion; I have mine. I still believe that most Americans want a limited government and a God-fearing citizenry, rather than an Anti-God socialistic government . Socialism is one step away from Communism and history has proven the ineffectiveness of either as a way to improve mankind. Europe is already seeing the decay and imploding of societies that were built on socialism. It is a failed system by any standard. The only reason America is struggling now is because for decades our leaders have supported socialistic policies. So much for societies built on positions where God is not the central figure in growth, prosperity, and happiness.

  • really? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 18, 2013 2:13 p.m.


    Why do you equate the absence of "God-fearing" in government to socialism? I do not fear God, nor do I believe in him/her/it, but I am not a socialist. Stop thinking that your belief system is somehow the answer to all our country's problems. I'll ask again, what if someone whose definition of God was different from yours began implementing policies and laws in our government reflecting his/her beliefs? How would you like it? What if a "God-fearing" Muslim or Jew or Hindu started exerting influence in our government? How would you like it?
    One more thing, our country is not now and is not currently becoming "more socialist." I would ask that you educate yourself further on what socialism actually is before you start making statements like that.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    March 18, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    Bandersen said: "So much for societies built on positions where God is not the central figure in growth, prosperity, and happiness."

    Saudi Arabia
    United Arab Emirates
    Vatican City
    These are places with growth, prosperity, and happiness?

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    March 19, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    Really: Socialism: a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole. (Dictionary.com). For the sake of argument, I'll accept that definition. For the sake or literacy, please explain how you are not a socialist and how you think that America has not turned to the failed ideas of socialism. Obamacare is just one of the latest examples of socialist thought. How is it that anyone with an understanding of economic systems could not come to the conclusion that America has been pushing through socialist ideas for more than a half century is beyond me. Please explain.

    Happy Valley Heretic: The difference between the countries you mentioned and the United States is that, previous to the last 60 years of 'collectivist' thinking with no individual rights we have endured here, the United States has had a Constitution, a bill of rights, and certain 'unalienable' rights that were believed to come from God, not man. My God believes in light and liberty (individual rights). Not so with the ones you mentioned. Non-sequitur!

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    March 21, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Look at how quick the lefty libs are to pounce.
    This is how they fight.
    They are non stop in their personal attacks.
    See Romney.
    They'll say and do anything to win, and the lefty media will back them up.

    The Democrat party, fears more than anything, conservative minority candidates.
    Live and learn Republicans, you better come to battle.
    Chicago style politics are here to stay and Conservatives had better be ready.

  • crodier LAYTON, UT
    March 23, 2013 9:08 p.m.

    Mia Love has had a great tenure as Mayor of Saratoga Springs.

    Utah median household income: $55,000
    Saratoga Springs median household income: $69,000

    I know she'll make a great representative for the 4th district.

  • btalk89 Provo, Utah, UT
    March 29, 2013 12:37 p.m.

    It's funny how people criticize the Tea Party for being extreme and non-compromising. This from people who will always vote for Matheson without truly knowing his record just because of his name. She'll win this time because people are fed up with the Democratic Party.