About Utah: Mia Love's amnesia raises some concerns

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  • wmaden Bluffdale, UT
    Oct. 28, 2014 4:20 p.m.

    Gee's if she is blaming others for something, it appears that maybe whatever obama has is contagious.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 12, 2012 7:09 p.m.

    @ firstamendment

    "My wife is an immigrant and she doesn't remember all the details of how her parents came here, or exactly what she has said. '

    I think if your wife was the reason why her parents got their visa to stay - she would know something about it. And I doubt she would have forgotten details of a story she relayed less than a year later.

    This is more "shoot the messenger" because it isn't something you want to know. This practice of burying your head when something doesn't match the narrative is a frightening trait that is becoming far too common.

    People make mistakes. Period. Some of those mistakes are huge and should change the course of events... most are not. Lets got over it.... she has an uncomfortable part of her history that doesn't reflect how she believes now. So what!

  • Lead Farmer OREM, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    Lee Benson,

    I'm not sure I can trust anything you said in this article when you started it off with something that simply isn't true. At the beginning you wrote, "It was December 2011. ... This was long before Love threw her hat into the ring to challenge Jim Matheson for his congressional seat."

    In the first week in January 2012, Love officially announced she was challenging Matheson. So your interview in December 2011 could not have been "long before Love threw her hat into the ring."

  • Demisana South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    So Mia is trying not to give any more fodder to Democrats? Maybe not the best way to go about it, but it is what it is.

    As for Mia vs. Jim? Well, I'm going to vote for the one that most closely represents my politics - and that's not Matheson. He has a long record of saying one thing to get elected, and voting with the Democrats on everything he can. When he's campaigning, he's the biggest moderate in the whole Democratic Party. Somehow his voting record is far more liberal than his mouth.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 7:04 a.m.

    I love seeing the hypocrites out in force.

    Do a quick bible search on the word "hypocrite" and see how frequently they are condemned. It's probably the one most criticized "sin" in the bible.

  • firstamendment Lehi, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    My wife is an immigrant and she doesn't remember all the details of how her parents came here, or exactly what she has said. I wouldn't expect Mia to remember, but am very disappointed that some DN Journalists seem to be partisan and going after Mia. I still haven't seen an article discussing that the law did exist, and Mia was originally right. Anyone under such negative scrutiny would certainly wonder if what she had been told was true, and, again, it is unfair to expect Mia to remember everything she said. I still don't understand how only Matheson supporters are writing these articles. KNRS and Fox are more honest about Mia than the DN and KSL. Please tell both sides of the story, and show a little compassion. Matheson is a professional politician who has been in way too long. He has had many opportunities to change the downward course of American, and has pretty much only supported Obama. He has been dishonest in his attacks on Mia.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 10, 2012 1:39 p.m.


    You said it all in two sentences. I also despise the term 'anchor baby' that comes from an insensitive republican party, that which Mia has aligned herself with.

    There is a reason being a black female Mormon Republican is newsworthy. It's because the Republican party is generally not a friend of this type of diversity. It's certainly not a friend of immigrants (in the modern sense) and the needy.

    Repulicans often say the word 'needy' in a negative sense as well (so and so is needy). Well, like it or not, and regardless of how hard someone may or may not work, there will always be people in need. Republicans turn their back on these people save it be the needs of the wealthy (economic justification).

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 1:04 p.m.

    Herbert Gravy
    Salinas, CA
    So glad Gdog to "politically educate" us. It's great that we have someone intelligent comment here. Thanks, Gdog!
    •10:51 a.m. Oct. 10, 2012


    As opposed to your less than "politically educated" comment; “Jon Huntsman is a Republican? Now, there's a story for Lee Benson!” comment?

    Yes, Jon Huntsman Sr. and Jr. are life-long Republicans.
    Jon Huntsman Sr. is not a cow-towing, mindless lemming.
    He will not sheepishly vote for the letter (R).
    He is a man of integrity, and has called Jim Matheson the better candidate.
    Deal with it.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 10, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    Here is where i have issues with the new and improved Republican party.... if you kid does something wrong, you reprimand then, love them, and tell them to continue on... but if a politician does something wrong, we turn the blind eye, make excuses, and attack the person who reported the ill deed.

    Ms. Love like all people, democrat or republican, slip up. She should simply own up that her own personal history is not perfect, but because of it, she is more likely to be a person who can work to a real solution, than someone who has never been impacted by immigration. She could have easily "spun" this as an "i have learned from my own experience".

    It is completely hard to fathom how anyone who is an immigrant is unsure of their own or their families history. Silly comments like " I don't remember my birth" from some posters are laughable. Most people know the story of their birth, when, where, what the family was doing at the time. For an immigrant family, being the first US born, this would have been part of her ethos, who she is.

    She remembers, and that is ok.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Oct. 10, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    So glad Gdog to "politically educate" us. It's great that we have someone intelligent comment here. Thanks, Gdog!

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Oct. 10, 2012 10:46 a.m.

    Jon Huntsman is a Republican? Now, there's a story for Lee Benson!

  • plasticmint Draper, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    Mia Love -- I had high hopes for you. Don't let me down. Be careful who you take your cues from. Don't be the historic Republican. Be a new Republican and be honest and open. Set an example for Mitt.

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 12:14 a.m.

    The possibility of her being an "anchor baby" (a term I hate, but which the right wing coined) is not important to me. However, her denial of it, and her ability to quickly blame Matheson for something he obviously didn't do is a serious problem for me.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    Oct. 9, 2012 7:40 p.m.

    Politics as usual. It's disappointing to watch a promising new face on the political landscape being swallowed alive by the two party political machine.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 9, 2012 6:56 p.m.


    Your comments are often true for many low informed Utah voters. With these people, most challenges of local republican politicians get placed into socialist embracement. Lee Benson is NOT a liberal. His writing over the years says just the opposite to me.

    More than half the comments supporting Love in this forum contain no politically educated substance. What I am reading time and time again is that 'we love you Mia', 'you have come far Mia','Benson is attacking Mia because he's liberal', and 'it's okay if Mia is an anchor baby'. The mentality of these comments is scary. Utah voters?

    Let's look at the four comment types. the whole we love you Mia thing speaks for itself. I could use 200 words on that alone. How about talk the issues here. Done. Next, yes Mia has come far. Okay does that mean we just elect her for being a motivated Haitian immigrant, turned black Mormon republican. It's sure neat she's female too. Anchor baby problem? There's no problem here for liberals. The issue is political contradiction and selective memory. Finally, Benson's questioning of Mia's comments make him liberal (not).

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Oct. 9, 2012 2:08 p.m.

    Oh my. If Mitt Romney has "it", he undoubtedly caught it when his path crossed that of Barack Obama. No one's performance is further from what he said he would do than the latter. And, let's not even talk about Harry Reid. Be careful when his lips move!

  • Kellie Orem, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 1:19 p.m.

    Mia makes it sound like a crime if anyone has to accept any charitable hand-out even within the bounds of the law. Being an anchor baby shows that she has compassion and understanding which we need for those who go through hard times.

    I don't want someone in office who will not make laws that help the poor and the needy who roam this earth who test our charity.

    It's unfortunate that our govt has to pick up the slack to help the less-fortunate but corporations will only help non-profit groups, not individuals or families. Will Mia help these individuals and families is the question.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    the money being pumped into this race should let you know she is a bad choice 3 times the ads on tv and signs all over in riverton on city property. side or roads metal signs that cost a lot of money. the adds from 3 different super pacs, one that gets most of its money from big oil. you get someone that will gut our social security and leave us at the mercy of wall street and the other robber barons, that put out the proaganda like fox news. all the major networks are owned by corporations so why would they be left when the profit by the rights tax breaks, and corporate tax breaks. mia love is whats bad about america sell out and get your money now and to heck with the poor and the old.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    Someone wrote something that I don't agree with, therefore they must be a liberal in league with Obama. It's that dang lame stream media again and their liberal bias, that's usually the answer to everything that challenges the ideas and opinions you already have.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy, in that it regards internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs.


    This is why I could NEVER vote for my fellow Mormons Mitt Romney or Mia Love.

    Lack of Integrity.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    Mia Love's immigration status was never in question. She was born here, and the current interpretation of the 14th Ammendment makes her a citizen.
    Her parents are the question. In order to be a legitimate immigration backstory, as opposed to an illegal alien one, she needed to prove her parents obtained amnesty, followed by naturalization. And if she's the trigger for the parents qualifying, that just makes it all the sweeter.
    Mia was the one who told the story, not Lee Benson. It's time for her to prove it, not deny she ever said it.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    In other words ---

    Mia Love is now calling Lee Benson a liar.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 9, 2012 6:03 a.m.

    Many here miss the point. It's not that so called anchor babies can't be extraordinary, it's that Mia Love is taking a hard right approach on immigration that contradicts her own citizenship.

    We see this all the time on the far right. There is a love (not a Mia type of Love) to demonize people they feel are outside of the realm of capitalist gain, who fit some republican form of entitlement. The aim is to find validation to exploit the less fortunate, claim they aren't willing to work out their own spiritual salvation and economic security. Then they are viewed as takers if they need help. Yet those at the political top who condemn the needy, are those who define their own rules as wealthy privileged folk, in order to claim a worthy rule over the peasants. This comes from capitalist status achieved by any means, as long as it promotes profit for the 1%.

    Don't get me wrong, the one percent exists on both sides of the political aisle. However, some prosperous leftists vote according to conscience (not some defined mask of profit parading as a evangelical beacon).

    Love contradicts herself.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 9, 2012 5:35 a.m.

    Thank you Lee Benson for trying to show the readers of a conservative paper that Mia Love is dogmatic about extreme right politics in a way that doesn't equate how her citizenship was born, relative to a policy she contradicts and now denies. One is hypocrisy, the other is a lie.

    I read the comments of Love's supporters here in this forum and I see low information voters determined to inductively look for their own premises to vote republican at all cost. In Love's case, I get it. She is a success story as a Haitian immigrant, who has risen to the top. Unfortunately, her rise has had political vultures jump on the opportunity to make her stand out as special in a way that is a half truth.

    Yes it's unique that Mia is a black female Mormon republican, but it's a triple whammy bonus for the right wing to coax her into extreme views and use her a a pawn for the fake evangelicals who are no more than greedy capitalists.

    Love is pretty, energetic, and a determined woman, yet she doesn't know what she stands for. Be wary of fame.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Oct. 9, 2012 2:35 a.m.

    Mia Love is nothing but a HYPOCRITE. This is why I don't vote for Republicans, it is do as I say, not as I do. If she and her party rail against Anchor Babies, she should step out of the race. Typical Republican slamming of the door behind them once they get theirs and keep it for themselves. It totally goes against Gospel pinciples.

  • Digbads South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 11:31 p.m.

    My opinion of Mia continues to grow. I will keep pounding the pavement and working on her campaign. When I spoke with her, she answered my questions directly and clearly. I've found her to be very straightforward and honest and a refreshing change from the establishment politicians who fill our national offices. I also didn't hear a word against immigrants from her.

  • crodier LAYTON, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 10:18 p.m.

    Why are we still dwelling on this Birther Conspiracy theory II?

  • UteUteUte Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 10:15 p.m.

    I gather from this article a very valid point: Mia was a success of immigration, but she then wants to deny this opportunity to others who would love to come here now. How can you be so against immigration when your family was given this blessing? So she "can't remember"; so Benson is now a liberal; so now she is a liar. Quit the rhetoric.
    My feeling: It is sad that she does not feel more empathy towards immigration. Once you make it "in", just shut the door and tell the next people that they are not welcome here.
    I am a member of a worldwide church that is centered in this wonderful nation and state. My ancestors came here across the plains and many of them came to America as...drumroll...immigrants!
    I look at us as all children of God and welcome Mia to our country and state. She should most likely be more apt than me to give people this great chance to come here.

  • DavidNL Holladay, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 9:08 p.m.

    Who knows what the truth is? Perhaps she's evading the question now because it was originally a lie, expedient to her "then story" of rags to riches. Whatever the truth, she sure pushes all those big red buttons tea party conservatives love including immigration so this is fair political game for follow up. And, if so many of you are ok with "anchor babies" then why not the Dream Act-it's not that big of a leap, folks!

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 8:23 p.m.

    "An anchor baby is a term, usually used derisively, for a child born on U.S. soil who secures legal status for its parents."


    Yes, the term is "--usually-- used derisively", but, as is so clear in the even-handed, objective tone set in his article, Lee has no intention of using it as such now.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 5:48 p.m.

    It is not surprising that Mia would not remember what she said almost a year ago, or that Lee Benson would. Lee was taking notes after all, and Mia wasn't.

    The fact that Lee Benson derogatorily labels her lack of memory on exactly what she told him as "amnesia", compares her family's immigration history to her political position on immigration, then tries to spin it into a "gotcha" politics hit piece is also not surprising. But this article smacks of anything but unbiased reporting. Mia Love, as facts supports, came to this country legally.

    It is perfectly rational that Mia and her family should come here legally, use the law to their favor, then later support the rule of law as a political candidate. It may not sit well with those who want to diminish our immigration laws, or don't like that they have become more restrictive since the 70's, but her position is perfectly rational.

  • Dewey Hewson Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 5:36 p.m.

    If the people of the 4th District send Mia Love to Congress, it will be a bigger blight on the state of Utah than Mike Lee.

    That's something I really didn't ever think possible.

    The woman has no answers, no positions, and no backbone. She's simply a puppet for the party proper who want to get their iron grips around even more of the state. Anyone who votes for her over Matheson based solely on her party affiliation is being nothing more than a pawn manipulated for political profit.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    There is nothing wrong with being an anchor baby. But if you were, just remember where you came from and act accordingly. Treat others with the same respect and accommodation you would have wanted for you and yours.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    Candidates who play identity politics are required to prove their backstory or be subject to suspicion. It's time for Ms. Love to come forth with immigration papers for her parents, proving her "miracle baby" story. This is her story, not some reporter poking into her past.

  • jrgl CEDAR CITY, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    Come on Mia, answer Mr. Benson's phone calls. Those of us in Southern Utah are sad that due to gerrymandering of districts we don't get to vote for Jim Matheson again. He served our district well, when many politicians tend to disregard the populations south of Provo, Utah.
    The biggest thing Jim did for us Southern Utahan's is fight tirelessly to stop the Divine Strake nuclear tests that were set to resume at the Nevada Test site. Those of us Downwinders really appreciated it! I'm not sure a broadway wanna be can compete with Matheson's earned power in Washington.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    Thank you, Mr. Benson, for telling the truth. Wouldn't it be unique if Mia Love would, just once, do the same? And then pigs would fly too . . .

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    I trust Lee Benson a lot more than Mia Love. He has no bone to grind here except calling Mrs. Love on her use of her own story. Come on now people. If you told that story over and over again and then suddenly had no recollection of the facts people would look at you as if you were now lying. If your husband or wife told a story over and over again and then suddenly denied ever saying it what would you think? We all say we want honesty in our politicians. Actually, we want honesty from everybody else. Not ourselves.

  • Daniel84020 Draper, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 11:30 a.m.

    As a friend of a friend said: "The odd thing is that no one would really care if Mia Love was, indeed, an anchor baby. She makes it an issue by pretending not to know her own story--the same story she talks about every single time she gets in front of a mic."

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    Oct. 8, 2012 10:55 a.m.

    I'm a fan of Mia Love, but c'mon. If Matheson had said something to reporter a year and a half ago and then flat out denied it, this thread would be going crazy.

    It's sad that Mia probably HAD to distance herself from earlier statements to get past the purity police in the Tea Party. Hard to be shrill on immigration if you yourself are an anchor baby (hate that term).

    Hopefully she'll be the first black Republican woman -- anchor baby in Congress.

  • William Gronberg Payson, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    The following is found in the third paragraph of Mr. Benson's article.

    "It was December 2011...and I made an appointment to talk to Love...".

    It appears that a "typo" has taken place. December 2010 would make the events add up to a correct time sequence. Appointment December 2010 and the interview in January 2011.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 10:06 a.m.


    A lot of the righties today are purposely ignoring the point of the article. It isn't to argue whether Mia Love was an anchor baby or not. The point is, she is selecting what parts of her past rhetoric she wants to remember and is refusing to be held accountable. Instead of talking about her past comments, she lies and blames it on Matheson.

    That is wrong.

    To be a breath of fresh air she need to stop mudslinging, "mis-remembering" her statements, and stop avoiding the media. We already have plenty of politicians who do that.

    Mia needs to stop acting hypocritical. If you indeed said what you said, then take accountability for it and stop blaming Matheson and stop avoiding Mr. Benson.

    I think a lot of righties are purposely ignoring the point of the article because it gives question to Mia Love's true character. Is she as courageous and honest as her ads want us to believe?

    Remember, actions speak louder than words. Her actions, seem to indicate that she is more of the same Washington DC that we've all grown sick and tired of.

  • elviejo RIVERTON, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    I think Lee Benson is the best spsorts reporter I have ever read. I believe his memory and notes on the subject of this article. Then comes the "but", for the sake of Utah and this country, I willl vote for Love. I agree with term limits, so my most difficult vote will be for Hatch. We have no choice, if the Republicans don't take the senate Katy bar the door on the Supreme Court.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    Leading a town as a Mayor after being on the city council is more leadership than Congressman Matheson, like the President has had. Congress is a place to lead but being from Utah and a place that Democrats aren't in power, has put him in a category that doesn't count with his leadership of Pelosi.

    As President Clinton and Obama have shown, Utah is not a blue state so why do anything for it. Matheson is a vote that could be a deciding vote and that may lead him to be the decisive one. Utah is not thought highly of with the Democrats and even though they provide balance within the state, nationally it is a non-state with them. Lee and Jim can add this article to their many flavored ones over the years. Mia is not a career politician and hasn't learned yet as the insiders that every word that comes out of her mouth will potentially jeopardize her in the future.

    I have seen too many fault her for trying. She is not afraid to get out and work and I am sure she has learned that this is a national race, not Utah

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    Wow - there is sure a lot of judging here for someone you don't personally know. It just feels like democratic smear to me. I've always believed when they start behaving like they are in these comments of doom that actually they are afraid. There is not a perfect person living on this earth so give Mia the credit she deserves and has earned. Matheson, Pelosi, Reid, and Huntsman seem to have come from the same shell..I hope Mia and all voters can see through this cloud of dishonesty and she will be given the votes she needs to win. I find it disheartening that we can't all live in this wonderful country of ours and show each other respect and love but there are those who force their issues and strange beliefs on others thinking they will be better and further ahead. This control issue is getting out of hand. Allow Mia the right to run for this office and the citizens of Utah will mark their choice.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    Fine Lee, you go ahead and promote Mr Matheson and don't forget to vote for him either. I am sure as you are, that Jim has never ever done anything this this evil thing Mia has done in his career. I am very disappointed that you are joining the trash Mia bandwagon. Just like your opinion of Mia is changed, my opinion of you is changed also.

  • Eagles63 Provo, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    This is an interesting piece. The question of whether Benson is a homer for Matheson, whether he just wants to feel significant or some other rationale. I'm going to think that it is because he actually does believe that this is a point worth pursuing. Politics focuses on what sticks. Labels stick in politics. "Anchor Baby" for many Americans might just stick as a label. The story behind the label doesn't matter, just the connotation of the label. I suspect that Mia Love the politician is proud of the story, but doesn't want that label. Who can blame her. Negative labels are very damaging in politics. Matheson wins because he has a name and what else. I have no idea, but he seems pretty teflon when it comes to labels and given his track record, the label of lap-dog, pushover, say-whatever, etc. should be heaped on him and heralded on all the peaks of Utah. Mia Love is probably being rushed into the game like a true-freshman needed to go into football game because the starters stink. We would like to wait, but we need Mia Love.

  • jparry Provo, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    Thanks, Lee. Score one for the truth. While I won't be voting for her, I'm still glad she and her family came to this country, and it makes me very sad that she is squandering the chance to show people, and the Republican Party in particular, how wonderful it is that people like her can immigrate to this country and make an important contribution.

  • Utah Observer West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 8, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    Lee Benson is a great reporter! I would trust him far more than Mia Love. Mia Love has gotten some wrong advice from her GOP Party handlers by claming she "can't remember" and attacking Jim Matheson for bringing her birth record forward. This might be the one thing that keeps her from winning despite overwhelming support.

    It's sad that she doesn't really embrace what she has told over and over again. And the story that her parents only had $10 when they arrived in the country, with the implication that they never took a "handout" from anyone, just doesn't ring true. What's wrong with receiving help from either government, charities, churches, or even friends until you can be self-reliant. Isn't that part of the American Dream to help and then help others?

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 8:57 a.m.

    You mean our newest congress woman might be a hypocrite? What politcan isn't?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    Lee Benson, a Washington Insider who loves that environment and knows how to wordsmith to make a point, should be cautious in his relationship with a Democrat Congressman for 12 years. He should not put his reputation on the line for a person with a family name that has been part of Utah, Matheson. The Congressman has made some strange bedfellows over the year and tries to give the image that he is a wolf in sheeps clothing. He has voted against what the other people in Utah, that don't live in his district want or wanted. He can be a chameleon and try to show his stripes to people as being kind and benevolent for some. As a politician and able to ride into the arena with Bill Clinton at his worst term to the behind the scene actions of the Democratic party Congressional leaders in the last two years of Bush and the first two years of Obama. That is not what Utahns wanted for this Congressman with a good family name and reputation. However, Pelosi and Reid knew who he was and were able to buy him.

    Good luck for a person from Haiti to freedom

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Oct. 8, 2012 7:48 a.m.

    After my father died I discovered that some of the family lore I grew up with just wasn't true. I suspect the same thing happens in other families. People often remember things the way they like to think they happened and pass that version on to their children. I'll grant you that Mia Love isn't making this any easier by the way she is reacting to it, but at the end of the day this just shouldn't be that big of a deal.

  • aunt lucy Looneyville, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 6:51 a.m.

    This type of politics only make me want to vote for Mia even more so. This is nothing but smear and fear politics. Same thing the democrats are trying to do to Romney. Distort his record and hide from their own. Go Mia!

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Oct. 8, 2012 6:44 a.m.

    As someone who for years has chided Lee Benson for being a BYU homer in his sports writing days--let me be the first to say that he is dead on accurate in his demands that Ms. Love respond to this. I respect his bravery and the candidness of his claims. The fact that much of his readership is blinded by partisan loyalty to the point of clapping hands over ears and screaming lah lah lah at the top of their lungs in this case, only makes me admire his courage and professionalism that much more. Mia Love--you are being questioned by a real reporter here. You must respond to the electorate with more than a shrug and an irresponsible sidestep. Dodge Mr. Benson on this one long enough, and only the extreme edges will continue to make excuses for you. Great work, Lee Benson! This work deserves an award.

  • USA Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    Mia, there is no shame in being an anchor baby. We are proud of your accomplishments.There is shame in false accusations. Embrace the truth. The truth shall set you free. Otherwise, you come across as just one more politician who wants to control narrative and blame the press. We thought better of you.

  • BYUHOCKEY American Fork, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 6:08 a.m.

    Lee- mia love is indeed a miracle! She is a breath of fresh air. Leave it alone. I am glad she's an anchor baby if that's a label so important for you to attach to her. She proves there are good people trying to emigrate to the USA.

  • Crusader Layton, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 2:24 a.m.

    It would be nice to know where Love stands on the issues.

    Unfortunately she does not give specifics as to what she has planned, the only thing that I hear from her is rhetoric.

  • agkcrbs Holladay, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 12:34 a.m.

    Lee Benson, why do you care? Drop the injured pride. What you're so bravely digging up and taking issue with is some of the most irrelevant news in this race. Brace yourself: nobody cares about 'Mother Jones'; they're not even a blip on the media radar. You can do better than their disparaging reference, if you get back to real news. At least Matheson, a reasonable public servant of whom most of us, sadly, have grown quite tired, had the decency to lie about actual issues in the race, not just try to twist a candidate's family history against their correct immigration stance.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 12:17 a.m.

    I remember the day I was born? Not.
    I remember everything I told a reporter 18 months ago? Not.

    What if something she remembered being told growing up wasn't exactly what she was told?
    Kids don't always get all the facts straight. At least she has family to go back and ask for a clarification from them, and Forbes claims her story does match up with the law at the time. If what she was told growing up didn't match what some said the law was (and they were wrong), I could see why she wouldn't know what to say until she had the ability to confirm it.

    I have heard Mia many times and she hasn't made immigration a big focus, which is your claim.

    Candidates often initially think it is the other side steeling their campaign signs until they realize may be some kid taking it home for a paint ball target.

    I am assuming it isn't Rep. Matheson because he pledged last March in writing he wouldn't go there. It is said that some in the press didn't take such a pledge.

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 11:48 p.m.

    Thanks, Lee Benson, for the insight into Mia Love's amnesia. This appears not to be regular amnesia, however. It would better be described as selective amnesia.

    Of course, her blaming of Matheson for the Mother Jones story is separate from her amnesia problem. That's an irresponsibility problem.

    Republican Jon Huntsman Sr. is right: Matheson is the better choice.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 11:01 p.m.

    I don't think the question here is her citizenship. The question is whether or not she fudges facts and conveniently "forgets" or "does not recall" what she said earlier. Then goes on to blame Congressman Matheson for planting the story without any facts backing up her statement.

    After listening to this woman melt down on the Doug Wright show a couple of weeks ago, I will not be voting for her.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 10:52 p.m.

    So the question boils down to this: whose memory is best, Lee Benson's or Mia Love's?

    Notice that Mr. Benson does not say he is right and she is wrong, or that he has her responses on video or voice recording. He merely says his notes back up what he wrote 18 months ago, she won't return his calls, and therefore, she must have something to hide.

    Reminder: Mia Love is in the middle of a time-consuming campaign for Congress, while Lee Benson is just doing what he always does, writing a newspaper column three times a week. If Mr. Benson's notes really do back up what he wrote in his article, does that mean Mia Love is wrong?

    Mr. Benson, you are just one more reporter defending his work - and, as usual, at someone else's expense.

  • BigEasySLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 10:25 p.m.

    Lee Benson may well be a lot(!) of things, but calling him a "liberal Democrat" is like calling Colonel Sanders a PETA-supporting vegetarian.

    Mia Love and her Republican cronies wouldn't know the truth if it showed up in Eagle Mountain with only $10 to it's name, pleading for a piece of the American Dream....

  • minnie, mapleton, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 10:22 p.m.

    She is a Great American. A citizen (anchor baby or not) that has come far in life. Lets talk issues and not character assassination.

  • minnie, mapleton, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 10:20 p.m.

    This is terrible the way she is being treated. She is a legal citizen and that is that. Even anchor babies can be amazing citizens. She is American as you can get and she loves this country. Let her talk about the issues. Sounds like the other side has nothing else to go by except ruin Mia Love's character. She is a good woman, and she has come far in life. Hang in there Mia, we love you.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 10:16 p.m.

    There seems to be a trend among some Republicans - they will say things they choose not to remember later, and they will directly contradict themselves numerous times.

    Is Mia Love catching what Mitt Romney has?

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 9:51 p.m.

    DN Subscriber: Ditto! I agree 100%. Well said!

    Matheson is a Obama/Pelosi/Reid guy. We need a change.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 9:34 p.m.

    So now it is cause for a hostile story if a subject does not recall exactly what they said on a trivial topic in the course of a discussion with some newspaper reporter? And using the medical term "amnesia" which connotes a serious medical condition?

    A month before the election in which she is a candidate?

    It has been said by some that more than 80% of the news media are liberal Democrat supporters. Perhaps that number is low, even in Utah.

    Mia Love will be a much better Congressperson than Jim Matheson.

    Now, go interview "Trillion Dollar Jim" Matheson and tell us about what he tells you here in Utah, and compare it with what he actually does in Congress when Pelosi needs his vote.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    GO Mia Love. We love you. All the best.