Mia Love labeled 'surefire winner' by Roll Call blogger

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    July 24, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    Guys, take the emotion out of this! There are certain demographic facts that even someone as far as DC can see. This district (as the rest of Utah) is GOP! You are going to get the same voting pattern with a different Rep. even if its not Love. A Dems chances of survival if somehow elected is two years, even if he/she votes almost all GOP. Why do you think Jim M. opted out for another term?

    Simple question for Owens:
    Will you vote to repeal Obamacare if elected?

    No wishy washy answer - yes or no

  • Spicy Is Good Cedar Hills, UT
    July 22, 2014 7:22 p.m.

    Sometimes we can look at staffing decisions to get a better understanding of a candidate. For example, a key person in a campaign, besides the candidate, is its campaign manager. The candidate is, for the most part, placing all their faith in this person. Mia chose Dave Hansen a well-known Utahn and political operative. Doug Owens had a campaign shake up, and once again, when he looks for a solution he looks outside of Utah. His new campaign manager is someone from Illinois (I pray she’s not from Chicago) who was recently working out of Washington DC.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    July 14, 2014 8:12 a.m.

    A win for Love is a loss for Utah.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    July 12, 2014 4:42 p.m.

    "I love", Mia Love! I've been around for a long time and for those on here to say those unkind things about her and the state of Utah, demonstrates a complete lack of ability to make a real argument at all.

    We are all Americans and as a black american, and a candidate who has been a mayor of a Utah City for several years, she at least deserves the opportunity to run. And, If she were democrat, they'd be praising her as what democracy is all about. You go, Mia! Make us all proud.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    July 12, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    @charlyk: proof is obvious when it comes to performance the tree will bear fruit based on knowledge and common sense. BO has little if any of the above in spite of his education. Mia has more than her share of knowledge and common sense. Obama is the worst President EVER. Mia Love has had to work to get where she is. No arrogance with this woman.

  • waikiki_dave Honolulu, HI
    July 11, 2014 9:22 p.m.

    Mia Love and Mike Lee . . . hmmm. It is a scary scenario to say the least.

  • BSU Lehi, UT
    July 11, 2014 7:48 p.m.

    She should be a sure fire winner, but it seems that too many people thought during the last election, and so they didn't bother to go out and vote for Love. That was a great loss for our Country.

  • JD Jones Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    @BR: It is not true that Jim Matheson continuously voted with the Democratic Party. Below are quotes from Wikipedia about a part of Matheson's voting record.

    Matheson voted against requiring public disclosure of bonuses and golden parachute arrangements (agreements between a company and an employee specifying that the employee will receive significant benefits if they are terminated). This was a bill that the Democrats heavily supported and the Republicans opposed; only five other Democrats voted against the bill.

    Matheson has always voted conservative in regards to the wars in the Middle East; he voted in favor of using military force against Iraq in 2003, voted against removing troops from Libya in 2011, and against removing troops from Pakistan in 2010.

    Matheson voted against raising the federal debt limit, as well as against both Republican and Democratic budgets that did not reduce the deficit.[citation needed] Matheson, a former energy industry businessman, voted against authorizing the construction of new oil refineries.

    In November 2009, during intense debates over American health care reform, Matheson voted against the Affordable Health Care for America Act.

  • Martin Blank Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    Funny there's no mea culpa about getting the founding father's law background or Senator Obama's legislative accomplishments wrong (I'll be generous and not accuse Red Shirt of lying).

    And while we're talking about legislative accomplishments, I'll note that in the first two years of his first term, Senator Orrin Hatch sponsored 63 bills, of which one (National Ski Patrol System Recognition Act of 1979) was passed. Just for comparison. (To recap: Senator Obama sponsored 137, of which two passed.)

    I wonder, too, what in the world would count as an accomplishment if being the president (not just "in") the Harvard Law Review is not. If President Obama had been an astronaut, I'm sure Red Shirt would say it wasn't an accomplishment, as he wouldn't have been the first (native Hawaiian or black or Harvard grad). Keep moving those goalposts, friend. It's fun to watch. It'll be particularly fun if Ted Cruz runs for President and uses "alumni of the Harvard Law Review" as an accomplishment.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    July 11, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    I have an Enid Greene feeling about this.

  • RedShirtMIT Cambridge, MA
    July 11, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    To "Martin Blank" so what you are saying is that Obama had a poor record at best with no experience actually leading or being concerned about budgets or actually doing anything.

    Being in the Harvard law review is not an accomplishment. Obama was not applying to be the AG, he was running for President. All that says is that he is good at campaigning, not leading or actually doing anything.

    I am not discussing Mike Lee, he is not President nor is he running for President.

    Again, where are Obama's accomplishments prior to being elected President. All you have pointed out is that Obama is an excellent campaigner. He does NOTHING.

    So, I am still waiting for an actual accomplishment.

  • Martin Blank Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    And again: "As a senator [none] of the bills he sponsored or co-sponsored made it to even a vote in the Democrat controlled Senate. He couldn't even write a law that his own party would vote on."

    As a Senator, President Obama sponsored 137 bills, of which two were enacted into law. It's fine to be opposed to someone, but let's use the actual facts, shall we?

    BTW, I can't seem to find any bills sponsored by Mike Lee that have been enacted into law. He's been in the Senate a year more than the President spent there. You'd think he might have done more by now.

  • Martin Blank Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2014 6:32 a.m.

    I love how easily refuted some of Red Shirt's arguments are. From archive. gov: "The delegates practiced a wide range of occupations, and many men pursued more than one career simultaneously. Thirty-five were lawyers or had benefited from legal training, though not all of them relied on the profession for a livelihood. Some had also become judges." That's 35 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention--63%.
    And the whole argument is specious. President Obama got Illinois to send him to the US Senate. He got the whole country to send him to the White House. In other words, he got like-minded people to vote for his ideas. How is that any different from "getting a law passed." BTW, one of his other accomplishments prior to becoming President was being elected president of the Harvard Law Review by the other editors of that journal. (Past alumni of the Review include Stephen Breyer, Felix Frankfurter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Dean Acheson, Ted Cruz, and Eliot Spitzer. Not too shabby.)

  • RedShirtMIT Cambridge, MA
    July 10, 2014 4:16 p.m.

    To "charlyk" but she has spent 10 years sponsoring laws that were enacted and working with budgets. That alone is 10 years more experience than Obama has.

    Having a law degree is nice, but it does is not a qualification, and if that is Obama's only qualification for being President before he was elected President, that is really sad. In many regards I think that having a law degree is a detriment to politics. If you look at the founding fathers, few had any training in law. They learned the same way that Mia Love has learned about law, and they produced the US Constitution.

    So, a law degree is not an accomplishment.

    You should be concerned about a politician's ability to get a bill passed. If he can't convince like minded people to vote for his bill, do you really think he has a chance convincing other nations to sign treaties with us or to join us in humanitarian aid or combat?

    Again, what accomplishments did Obama have before being elected President? So far you have nothing.

  • charlyk salt lake city, UT
    July 10, 2014 3:39 p.m.

    Is going to Harvard in itself a qualification for public office? No. But in attending law school he received an education that cultivated an understanding of how laws work, how to read law, and how to critically think about issues--all things I think are necessary to being in the Congress, regardless if he ever passed a bill he sponsored or signed a budget into law. Mia Love went to college and learned to waltz. Not exactly inspiring.

  • Mkithpen Sandy, UT
    July 10, 2014 2:24 p.m.

    Coronation within the Republican party yet again. We should be looking at all candidates. I for one am highly interested in Collin Simonsen who is running against Love on the Constitution Party ticket. Young, bright, principled and he says running to help return our country to it's constitutional values for his children. Sounds like someone we should at least listen to.

  • RedShirtMIT Cambridge, MA
    July 10, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    To "charlyk" prior to becoming President, when did Obama actually have to be the one to approve a budget (not that he has, but he has that responsibility)?

    Since when is a degree from Harvard or any college or university a qualification for public office? That is just a piece of paper that says he put up with lectures for a few years.

    Prior to being elected President, what were Obama's accomplishments that he can take credit for, what had he actually done as Senator besides campaign? As a senator non of the bills he sponsored or co-sponsored made it to even a vote in the Democrat controlled Senate. He couldn't even write a law that his own party would vote on.

    Please, I am waiting to hear of the great qualifications that Obama had prior to being President. Tell us, what were Obama's qualifications to be President.

  • charlyk salt lake city, UT
    July 10, 2014 12:53 p.m.

    She has equivalent or more qualifications than Obama? Are you serious? He graduated from Harvard Law. She has a degree in the performing arts. I'm a little fuzzy on how she's qualified to be a mayor let alone a House representative.

  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    July 10, 2014 12:12 p.m.

    Wow, I can't believe how many liberal racists/sexists there are out there. Why don't the liberals want to vote for a MINORITY FEMALE from Utah? She has the same, if not more qualifications as Obama, so the only reason why they are complaining about her would be they are bigots. All those who oppose her are bigots, that is what I learned from the MSM.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    July 10, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    @The Classical Liberal 7:25 p.m. July 9, 2014

    Why is a Mia Love victory a disaster...


    Utah currently has two Senators and four Representatives. Both of the Sentors and three of the Representatives are hard-line extreme right wing fringe-dwellers. Only one of the Representatives speaks for the interests of everyone in the state who is not on the far right fringe (everyone from moderate, mainstream Republicans like me to those who are far left Democrats -- as it stands now, those on the far right call everyone whose politics are even a bit to their left "liberal" and/or "RINO", and question their political standing and position, AND the elected senators/reprsentatives don't look out for their interests). If Mia Love is elected, she would join those on the far right fringe of the party and the political spectrum and, as a result, a lot of people in Utah will no longer have someone to look after their interests. Those of us who are not "far right" deserve to have someone to speak for us. It would be a disaster for the state if we lose that possibility.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 10, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    Jason Chaffetz
    Mike Lee

    add to that --
    Mia Love

    Utah will be completely ignored in Washington D.C.

    And with President Obama and President Hillary Clinton,
    we might as well turn in our Statehood status,
    and return to being a U.S. territory.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 10, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    I've always been puzzled by Mia. Her own family came here from Haiti on a tourist visa, and her birth enabled them to stay in the USA. She herself is one of the "anchor babies" the Right Wing so despises. Why then does she make common cause with the Right Wingers who are so hard on other refugees who risk everything for the chance at a better life in the USA? Isn't that just a little ironic?

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    July 10, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    Mia will represent her district and Utah well. She will be a voice of reason and conservative values that we need more of in Congress. And provide a positive role model for young people of color across our nation.

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    July 10, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    If love wins it is because Utahns agree with her over her opponent. Therefore the voters do win!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 9, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    "...Love, if elected, will have a voice at the table...".

    If you're not at the table, you're on the menu.

    Sadly, Utah is simply on the menu.

    Vote Republican.

    Continue to function as a Republican ATM.

    Utah will remain a useful Republican tool as long as Utah Republicans dutifully serve those two roles.

  • BR Sandy, UT
    July 9, 2014 9:19 p.m.

    Please tell me one good thing that Jim Matheson did in Washington for the country? He voted continuously with the democratic party and we have the great piece of ... that is the Obama Care.
    Mia Love is at least consistent with small government and has not stabbed us in back like the democratics have

  • Taylor Shaw Taylorsville, UT
    July 9, 2014 8:29 p.m.

    Mia Love will be a breath of fresh air in Washington. She is bright, level-headed and intelligent.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2014 7:35 p.m.

    Tea party bloggers rule.

  • The Classical Liberal Brooklyn, NY
    July 9, 2014 7:25 p.m.

    Why is a Mia Love victory a disaster. I might not agree with everything she says but then that's the case with everyone else. The libertarian in me likes her limited government approach in economics and she does not seem to want to impose her moral beliefs on others. So unless you're for an all-knowing, all-powerful government what's not to like?

  • Mrs TAP Bountiful, UT
    July 9, 2014 7:13 p.m.

    I, certainly, hope so!

  • crodier Murray, UT
    July 9, 2014 5:28 p.m.

    Wonderful, Mia Love has been a great mayor of Saratoga Springs and will be a great representative!

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    July 9, 2014 4:58 p.m.

    @happy2bhere. There will still be Democrat president and even if the republicans win more seats in the senate it will not be a super majority.

    So whether Love wins or a democrat is a moot point.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    July 9, 2014 4:36 p.m.

    Glad to read the left is going to be mad if Love wins. Just remember folks, if the Democrat wins, he will be powerless to do anything in the dominent Republican Congress, unless he works with the Republicans, which I suppose is something the Democrats don't want. So, he will be nothing but be a seat filler for at least 2 years. Love, if elected, will have a voice at the table.

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 9, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    I suspect that Mia Love is truly a surefire winner in the upcoming election. This saddens me a great deal.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 9, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    Mia Love labeled 'surefire winner' by Roll Call blogger


    In other news --
    Utah is labeled 'surefire looser' by the rest of the Nation.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    July 9, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    A Love victory? What a disaster THAT would be, both for the state and the country.

  • riverofsun St.George, UT
    July 9, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    Perhaps a little chat with Mr. Romney might be helpful.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 9, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    With the entire State being the loser in this.

  • A_Chinese_American Cedar Hills, UT
    July 9, 2014 2:28 p.m.

    Go! Love! Go!

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    July 9, 2014 2:09 p.m.

    Lord help us all...