78%: Mia Love Glides to Victory in Utah, Next Stop Congress

78%: Mia Love Glides to Victory in Utah, Next Stop Congress


Next stop Congress. Mia Love received the GOP nomination to replace departing Rep. Jim Matheson yesterday in Utah. She won with an impressive 78% of the vote.  She is now one step closer to being the first black female Republican to be elected to Congress.  Love, who will turn 39 in December, could also become the youngest member of the Black Caucus.

The Huffington Post wrote on Love’s alleged misuse of official e-mail for campaign purposes.  That will likely blow over but the story contained an interesting tidbit:

Huffington Post:  “One string of emails setting up an interview with The Hill newspaper last August starts off in normal scheduling territory, but Love makes it political by suggesting she’s using the outlet to set up a fundraising opportunity. “I think this was one that would help us tap into the black community nationally,” Love writes at one point in agreeing to an interview with Niall Stanage. “It’s all positive and hopefully we could raise some funds from it.”

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke