May 1st, 2012
05:11 PM ET
2 years ago

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

(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.

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  1. Kevin Johnson

    Maybe Romney will choose her as his running mate.

    May 1, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    Why is everyone that is BLACK is always a "rising star" when they are on the Republican side????? Alan West was also a "rising star" and look what they got; what about Herman Cain; Michael Steel?

    This is the year 2012 – bragging about a "Black Rising Star on the Republican Side" is ancient and old and maybe it's about time. We'll just sit back and see how far she RISES; I listened to Kyra speak and she's not a dummy but then again, we shall see!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    May 1, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Nobodies Pon

    Just as stupid as she looks.Black Mormon Female Republican how is she a rising star. She represents everything Republicans hate and now she is the face of the party. Wow. Sister get the hell out of Utah for real any arguement a black person has about race or class. This shining example will be thrown in our face. Why cant you be more like her. Selling your soul to the republicans will get you nowhere look at Herman Cain.

    May 1, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Dave

    Sounds good to me.

    May 1, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    The teatards sure have a lot of rising stars.. Unfortunately they then open their mouth and stupid comes out. This woman is different because rethugs don't have that many women never mind a Black woman in their ranks.

    May 1, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Me IN HOUSTON

    WOW it's like she's a unicorn!
    Is she aware of the racist beliefs that the Mormon church is founded on?
    Is she rich?
    You gotta be rich to be a "rising GOtP star"
    She is definitely working AGAINST black people and women in America by being apart of the GOP.
    The GOP IS the problem

    May 1, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. greg

    well this way he can pander to blacks and women. Every nuckelhead in the repos party is a rising star.

    May 1, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Landon

    She sounds great but I feel sorry for how she will be treated by the Democrats. They think anyone that is not White is supposed to be one the Obama sheep. Reverse racism from all the race huslers will be harsh.

    May 1, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. Lane

    All the race huslers will be trashing this poor lady before she has a chance.

    May 1, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Joel

    I smell Sarah Palin 2.0...

    Romney-Love 2012. Beware. It's coming.

    May 1, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. jane

    HILARIOUS....A Black....Female....Mormon....She is definitely CONFUSED!!!

    May 1, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Thomas

    I hope she is successful in being by partisan .

    May 1, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  13. Wake up people

    So I guess she will be his running mate? Won't help you Robmey. Let me school you on black folks. We don't like nor do we respect people that sell out their own race. She may be smart but she will only impact the blacks that were already voting repub. We don't even like Condoleeza Rice because of her role in the Bush madness. How far will Robmey go to pander for votes?

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 1, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. fred ca

    Wow. Racism, misogyny, and religious bigotry, the cornerstones of liberals, shine in most of the previous posts. As to the 'Rising Star' label...that is a label pinned by the lsm. We Republicans refer to her as a candidate.

    May 1, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. myameg1@yahoo.com

    How sad does this sound, we are in 2012 and Mia Love would be the first BLACK elected Republican Congresswoman in the house of representative...... For me it's really sad.

    May 1, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    What's really funny is how in her political ads, this female black Mormon has to use code language ("agency") to reassure Utah voters that she's really one of them – because she knows that Mormons aren't known for holding women or blacks in high esteem.

    Pretty pathetic!

    May 1, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. Angie

    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.

    May 1, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Can she adequately represent her district? If she can and not sound and act like a complete fool, then let the people of the district decide. I don't care who it is as long as the represent the district (or state in case of the Senate) well and don't do stupid things like get into corruption among others, then it should be fine. This isn't to say that I would always agree, but we are a country of many.

    May 1, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. DENNA

    The Republicans should thank the Democrats for dragging them into the 21st century. But for Barack Obama's election, this woman would be as invisible as all the other minorities who choose to be Republicans. LOL once President Obama's second term ends, all these 'rising stars' will return to being "you people".

    May 1, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. dave

    Have no clue what she is getting into, no answer to specefic questions, another Palin

    May 2, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |