Just months after a tough loss in her bid for Utah’s Fourth Congressional District, Mia Love announced this weekend that she would seek a re-match against Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) in 2014:
Saturday, Mia Love announced her second candidacy for the 4th Congressional District.
Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love told the Utah Republican Organizing Convention Saturday she would be running for the 4th District seat in Congress in 2014.
“We have some unfinished business with Jim Matheson,” she said.
In her announcement Saturday, she said the election showed her what to do next time to be successful.
“I am confident in our country. I am confident in our future. And I have great confidence in the people of Utah and America,” Love said
Love became somewhat of a conservative rock-star in 2012. She gave a great speech at the Republican National Convention last August, during which she talked her upbringing and early sense of personal responsibility and slammed the economic policies pushing by President Barack Obama. Love was articulate in her fiscal conservative views and would have been a great addition to the House.
Despite a poll indicating that she was ahead by double-digits just days before voters went to the polls, Love lost to Matheson by 2,646 votes, or 1.2 points. Romney, who endorsed Love and cut an ad for her, carried the district with 68% of the vote.
Matheson has been trying to distance himself from national Democrats. He opposed Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid for re-election as leader of the House Democratic Caucus and he voted for repeal of ObamaCare last week. But while he’s often portrayed as a “Blue Dog Democrat,” Matheson votes are anything but conservative. However, Matheson has a lifetime score of 41% from FreedomWorks — only 20% in the 113th Congress — and 42% from the Club for Growth.
You can read more about Love from an interview she gave to United Liberty last year. Her website hasn’t been updated, but she has a donation page available if you’d like to help her campaign.