One surprise from last night at the RNC came from a fairly unknown politician, Utah’s Mia Love. Mia’s speech has since catapulted her into the public spotlight, giving her celebrity status amongst the Republican party. Here is all you need to know about the Tea Party’s newest golden child.
1.Her Wikipedia Page Was Hacked
After Mia’s speech her Wikipedia page was hacked. The hacker changed information around and called her a “dirty, worthless whore who sold her soul in the name of big business”, a “useful idiot” and even going as far as to call her a “house n***er.” Wikipedia quickly took down the changes but there are still screenshots of the page circling the internet.
2.She Might Become the First Female African American Republican in Congress
If Love wins the election, she will become the first black Republican woman in history to sit in Congress. This feat won’t be easy. Love will be facing a strong candidate in Jim Matheson, who has a perfect 6-0 record in Utah elections.
3.She is the GOP’s Newest Rising Star
To put it lightly, Mia Love is not your typical republican. On the one hand, she has GOP ideals, hates Obama and is a mormon on the other she is a black woman. Having a black woman represent the Republican party would bring a new and much needed change to the GOP. All the brains of Ronald Regan with all the lady parts of Beyonce.
4. She Rocked the RNC with a 2-Minute Speech
The RNC is not just a time for major politicians to get stage time, it is also a time for Republican young guns to get some exposure. Mia Love jumped at the occasion and delivered a rousing speech that brought the energy up during the convention.
5. She is Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah
Love has been breaking down walls ever since she started her political career. Mia was the first female Haitian-American elected official in Utah County, Utah. She sat on city council for six years before becoming the mayor in 2010.
6. She Was a Flight Attendant
During and interview with the LA times, Mia commented on her time working as a flight attendant
for Continental Airlines:
“There are many, many horror stories that I could talk about. ... One of the things I realized working as a flight attendant, some people do not believe that there are rules or laws that you have to abide by once you're up in the air”
7. She's a Fitness Instructor
It’s hard to imagine how a Mayor, mother of 3 and perspective representative manages to stay in shape but look at her! She is a former fitness instructor who looks great despite her absurd schedule.
8. She Was the First Black Female Mayor in Utah
That may be true but Love has said on countless occasions that she doesn't want color to play a part in her election campaign.
9. She’s Married With 3 Kids
Mia met her husband, Jason Love, while serving on a Mormon mission. She was suppose to set him up with someone but ended up dating him instead. The two have lived in Utah for the past 14 years.
10. Her Parents Are Haitian Immigrants
During her speech last night, Love called into question Obama’s “You didn’t build it” gaffe citing her parents as examples of why that line is not true. “My parents immigrated to the U.S. with ten dollars in their pocket, believing that the America they had heard about really did exist. When times got tough they didn't look to Washington, they looked within.” said Love, “So the America I came to know was centered in personal responsibility and filled with the American dream.”