May 1st, 2012
02:41 PM ET

House candidate and rising GOP star is black, female - and Mormon

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - To call Mia Love a minority is an understatement. She’s a black woman who won an upset primary race to become the Republican candidate in Utah’s 4th Congressional District. If elected, she’d be the first black Republican congresswoman in the House of Representatives.

Love, who has attracted lots of national Republican support, also stands out because of her religion: She’s a Mormon. The politician is a poster child for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ campaign to present a more diverse face to a historically very white church.

“There are a lot of people who have tried to define me as a person,” Love, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, told CNN’s Kyra Phillips in an interview Tuesday. “I’m not a victim, and I don’t allow anybody to put me in a box.”

Speaking from Salt Lake City, she said, “There may be some challenges. But ... I love this place and love the people that are here, and I represent their beliefs and values.”

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Love is featured in a video series produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of its “I’m a Mormon” campaign, which aims to bring the faith of about 14 million members worldwide into the mainstream.

In the CNN interview, Love talked about how Mormonism would affect Mitt Romney’s candidacy more than her own, which is happening in the most Mormon state in the nation.

“You know I don’t think those are the issues that Americans really care about,” Love said when asked about the role of Romney’s religion in the presidential campaign. “I think Americans care about jobs, the economy; they care about the debt and deficit spending. … Being a Mormon is part of who he is as a person, and I don’t think it should deter from the issues.”

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Love’s “I’m a Mormon” video shows her working as the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, her current job.

“I am the mayor of Saratoga Springs and I love it,” she says in the video. “I get to make this life better for me and better for others.

“My friends from back home are always saying, ‘What are you doing in Utah?'” she says in the video, referring to her East Coast upbringing. “What they don’t know is that when I came here I felt accepted.”

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    September 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  2. US Citizen

    What are her real chances in this race?

    What is her view of Republican immigration policy and was any member of her family at any time illegal?

    She seems to support eliminating the Dep. of Education, Dep of Interior and EPA. Curious if as an immigrant from a country rife with poverty, poor education, environmental and land management issues she sees the irony?

    Fact is Utah is a in a huge dispute with the Federal Government over Federal Land 65% of the state and Education. The Govern enacted Eminent Domain Law proposing Utah can take Federally controlled land. This is not a race issue it is a Federal Land Use candidate and that should have been discussed. And Utah has one of the lowest public school funding levels.


    George Bush endorsed No Child left behind Eisenhower claimed lands for the Interstate System, Nixon enacted law to start HMO's, Romney was very proud of enacting Healthcare in MA. Do Republicans really hate the Federal Government ?

    June 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  3. Joe


    "And while the gay movement demands tolerance for its point of view, it is wildly and viciously intolerant of those who believe differently. If you agree with them, they call you enlightened. If you disagree with them, they call you a bigot. But that is true of almost all liberal causes, not just gay rights."

    May 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Joe

      19th Century Manifestos of theMob:
      “As the promulgators of this extraordinary legend maintain the natural equality of mankind, without excepting the native Indians or the African..., there is little reason to be surprised at the...persecution by which they have suffered…”

      “This manifesto calls for the “removal” of the Mormons for, among other things: “…inviting free (Blacks) from other states to become “Mormons,” and remove and settle among us…and one of the surest means of driving us from the country; for it would require none of the supernatural gifts that they pretend to, to see that the introduction of such a caste....”"

      "The believers in this miserable production, are known by the name of "Mormonites," and their book is commonly called "The book of Mormon."…” Among them is a man of color, a chief man…”
      Mormons were .....deleted....etc, partially due to the pro-Black stance. Some of other faiths were also...

      May 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Joe

      I'll post what I can of the 21st century manifesto below (don't want to detract from the wonderful liberal activist hate video below....remember they aren't going to discuss Mitt's religion (they're just going to lie about it)

      May 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  4. Joe

    Funny how CNN removes so much, but if you flag something as offensive they never remove it...but only if it's untruthful about Mormons– it will be gone in a second if it's the truth about what is going on here.

    Those maligning Mia for her religion are liberal activists. They don't care about the Country, they have issues with racism, and are relentless in their 24/7 ware (changed to get truth out) on religious people. Try in next comment to tell the truth.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Joe

      since can't post most of this check this out http://daattorah.blogspot.com/2008/06/supreme-court-rejects-appeal-to-stop.html (read Jersey girls comments) to see where the activists started last century (a certain religion in a certain Country)

      May 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Joe

      In this Century they have been ordered to first do this to Mormons, then Catholics, Evangelicals, and other Christians.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Joe

      They thought Mormons would be an easy target (with anti-Mormon stuff already in place, like the wacked out video below), and since most Mormons are busy doing good things, etc. So activists have been hired to sit on the net 24/7 and "....the Utah brand" and get Obama reelected, because they know he will push the agenda last term, nothing to lose.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  5. pastmorm

    Very disturbing video. Most mormons will swear they never participated in the "blood oath ritual" in their temples because it was taken out in 1991 when word got out that the cult was threatening its own people.


    May 8, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • abi

      The whole idea of this video is stupid. Posting these misguided actors. You wish it was true so we could follow you mmm Sorry!

      May 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • Joe

      Sad thing is that there are probably some people who think this is an accurate portrayal (just like everything else done by anti-Mormons ; ), right...? always honest that lot.
      This is pastmorm, postmorm, momosarebozos, etc favorite video......: ) I think it shows something about his sanity. Why people would feel the need to promote hate like this is beyond me. They take something sacred to someone else, twist it, lie about it, then post it all over the internet. I'd be embarrassed to keep posting it. If they added a little more scary music it might be funny, but as it is it's just sort of lame.

      May 10, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Joe

      BTW, I went to the Temple in the early eighties, he's still lying.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  6. Kenjitheman

    A black woman vp this time around could rival hillary in the future. Thbis would sho how much hate liberals have for mormons and black women. Would love to see msnbc for that debate. They would have nothing to say

    May 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • pastmorm

      Of course Kenjithe....you lost any credibility the minute anyone tried to read your drunken comment. Have you tried spell check or maybe 3rd grade? There's a reason we're Liberals...we're INTELLIGENT.

      May 8, 2012 at 12:28 am |
    • Joe

      There are reasons they're liberals....they're hate activists ; ). And they know Obama is more likely to follow along on gay the agenda (it's all about the votes, not the Country).

      May 10, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Kenjitheman

      What ever pastmorm. My phone doesnt have spell check and my touch key pad is really sensitive. If I was on my desk top, I would make you look like a fool

      May 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Joe

    Those accusing Mormons of being racist should look into their hearts and ask themselves why they would feel the need to do so. Is it from concern for racial minorities? Or is there a desire to hurt Mormons? Are anti-Mormons guilty of bigotry when they overlook the fact that Mormons are, and have been, much less racist than others?

    Those thus maligning Mormons are usually from the extreme right (mostly certain fringe groups within mainstream "Christianity") or the extreme left (mostly gay activists), both of these groups have much deeper racial issues than Mormons. Mormons are not racist.

    My Black LDS family members feel completely at home in the Church of Jesus Christ. And, the fact that Mormons are the first to vote in a Black Republican woman shows this.

    May 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • pastmorm

      You're funny Joe. You point out everyone else's faults but your own. You mormons have the patent on bigotry...look at California and the MILLIONS you spent on Prop 8 to stop people from having equal rights; that could have been given to starving people intead.
      You're a sad, sad little man aren't you? Just like your church.

      May 8, 2012 at 12:31 am |
    • Joe

      In Crafting Gay Children http://www.defendthefamily.com/_docs/resources/6390601.pdf
      Dr. Reisman points out that activists have set out "...demonizing those they cannot “desensitize, ” and the “…strategy advocated by M&K – silence those who disagree with the agenda, demonizing them by associating opponents with …murderers, racists and the like."
      We know that Mormons are the “main focus” and the plan is to “destroy the Utah brand...," “drive them into the ground…” and “…band together to get rid of this fringe group known as Mormons.”
      So, it is not surprising that activists are employed trying to do just that…. But why Mormons first?

      May 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Joe

      The LDS Church spent relatively little on prop 08. The money activists spend to encourage gayness, h8 etc every day, and to get Obama reelected (regardless of what it does to our Country), etc, could be spent to feed hungry people. Mormons donate billions to feeding, educating, improving. Liberal activists donate millions to bringing down everything, taking power, removing crucial laws created by We The People, etc.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  8. archaeologyprof

    It is amazing how far from the subject of the piece some people will stray simply to display their bigotry.

    May 6, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • zip

      Display their bigotry?? The Mormon church is a cult. Started by a con man who used the name of Jesus Christ to dupe the great unwashed. How is it bigotry to tell the truth?? If the average American learns what is in the book of Mormon, not only will Romney lose, but the church itself will be imperiled.

      May 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • Jackson

      archaeol....what bigotry? Why can't people voice their opinions on a ONE-SIDED article? This article says nothing about the other side of Mormonism. People have a right (oh yeah, that freedom of speech-thing you Mormons resent) to express how they feel when an article is only showing one side of the story. You know as well as everyone else that this article is simply a political move for Romney.

      May 7, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Joe

      I agree. Problem the haters have is...what are they going to do, what will Tornogal/Tonya, Momosarebozos, Postmorm, these two etc etc etc going to say to get people to hate her? How are they going to get people to hate her? Call her racist? Say she's a woman hater because she's Conservative? No wonder the left hates her so much! Mia has been a wonderful leader in Saratoga Springs, she is strong and wise, and above all, she has moral character. That is something you don't find very often in politics. I wish she could run for VP with Mitt, she has more experience than Obama did, but, since she's a Mormon.... : )

      May 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • pastmorm

      My goodness but you do hold a grudge Joe! By the way it's PASTMORM....PROUDLY NO LONGER A MORMON. Not postmorm. You go off on everyone for being a bigot and yet you literally keep a list of all the people you hate. Wow, I find that very impressive; and pathetic.
      I don't hate the woman in this article at all. Stop accusing the "left" of hating anyone. We're speaking out against a one-sided article that was SO obviously paid by your moron church. Seriously, get a life creep.

      May 8, 2012 at 12:34 am |
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