Profiles in Liberty: Mia Love, Conservative Candidate for Congress, UT-4

Mayor Mia Love of Saratoga Springs, Utah is running for Congress in her state’s newly created 4th District. A graduate of the University of Hartford with a degree in fine arts, Mayor Love also spent two terms in city council.

As a staunch defender of the Constitution and supporter of limited government, Mayor Love’s principled message was heard throughout the country during her speech to the Republican Convention in Tampa, FL.

National Journal ranked Mayor Love as 1 of the top 10 Republicans you should follow on Twitter. You should do so @MiaBLove.

Mia Love

Matt Naugle: How did you become a conservative?

Mia Love: Our country was founded on the conservative principles of fiscal discipline and small government. I watched as my parents achieved the American dream through the power of those founding principles. I observed as these conservative practices played out in the lives of my parents and came to believe in them and to trust them.

These beliefs and conservative principles were reaffirmed as I married an incredibly self-sufficient, hard-working husband who took responsibility for himself and his family. I have continued to believe in those conservative principles and believe that they are what can bring us back to a strong America.

MN: Your parents were Haitian immigrants. What did you learn from your parents?

Leading House Liberty Republicans McClintock and Paul Endorse Mike Lee

mikeleeShowing leadership in putting pro-market, liberty-oriented candidates in Washington, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) have endorsed Mike Lee in his bid for the GOP nomination for United States Senate in Utah.

The Senate race in Utah is turning out to be a bit of a battle within the Republican Party, with one side, the establishment Republicans, supporting Tim Bridgewater and more conservative Republicans backing Mike Lee.

Because neither candidate was able to win 60% of the delegates at the Utah Republican Party’s convention, the top two candidates, Lee and Tim Bridgewater, will face-off in a primary on Tuesday, June 22nd.

McClintock, who ran against Arnold Schwatzenegger for Governor in 2003 and now represents the California 4th district in Congress called Lee “a true Constitutional Conservative,” adding:

Utahans need someone who won’t simply say no, but who will actively work to turn back the tide of big government.  The American people are desperately looking for leaders who will stop taxpayer bailouts, protect individual liberty, reduce taxes and restore Constitutional principles to Washington - Mike Lee is that leader. Sending Mike to the Senate would not only be a victory for Utahans, but for all Americans.

In his press release, Dr. Paul said,

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Mia Love wins Republican nod in UT-04

Mia Love

Less than two years ago, Mia Love lost an incredibly close, contentious race against Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District, one of the big disappointments of the 2012 election.

Love, former mayor of Saratoga Springs, became a rockstar because of her speech at the RNC that year, in which she talked her upbringing and early sense of personal responsibility. She is one of those rare candidates who can bring together conservatives and the Republican establishment.

Undeterred by the results, Love declared in May 2013 that she wanted a rematch against Matheson. The two traded shots at each other until the fall of last year, when Matheson suddenly announced that he wouldn’t seek reelection.

The first step of Love’s bid to take the seat is now out of the way. She won the Republican nomination in UT-04 at the state party’s convention last weekend, easily defeating her closest competition:

Rising GOP star Mia Love handily secured the Republican nominee Saturday to replace retiring Rep. Jim Matheson’s (D-Utah).

Today in Liberty: Senate Republicans help pass debt ceiling hike, January Obamacare numbers released, YAL launches PAC

“Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. These limits can only be determined by law.”John Stuart Mill

— Senate raises the debt ceiling: While fiscal conservatives in the Senate threatened to slow down the process, a handful of Republicans gave Democrats the votes they needed to raise the debt ceiling until March 16, 2015 without any statutory cap. The cloture motion passed by a vote of 67 to 31. The measure passed on a 55 to 43 vote. By the way, as of the close of business yesterday the national debt stood at $17,258,792,658,336.62 ($17.258 trillion).

UT-04: Incumbent Democrat announces retirement, GOP likely to pick up seat

Jim Matheson

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) has decided to retire rather than worry about trying to distance himself from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other national Democrats in what was shaping up to be another contentious race with Mia Love, his 2012 Republican challenger.

“When I launched my first campaign in 1999, I knew that the arc of my public service would have many chapters. It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service,” said Matheson, one of the few remaining Blue Dog Democrats, in a post on his Facebook page.

“Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives,” he said. “While at the end of 2014 my tenure in the House of Representatives will come to an end, my duty to our state and our country will undoubtedly continue.”

Some have already noted that Matheson could be setting up a run for higher office in 2016, either for governor or against Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who will be up for re-election. A defeat in 2014 would, obviously, be a blow to his credibility as a candidate, nevermind his terrible record on fiscal issues.

Matheson and Love had recently traded barbs. The Republican framed Matheson as a ‘squishy’ moderate and ineffective legislator, according to The Salt Lake Tribune, while the incumbent Democrat called Love an “extremist.”

UT-04: Mia Love slams incumbent Democrat

One of the most anticipated House races in 2014 will be the rematch between Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District (UT-04). The candidates are 11 months away from the general election, and shots are already being fired by both sides:

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love says Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, is an ineffective, “squishy” moderate who has alienated Democrats and has no clout with Republicans.

Matheson says Love is a tea-party extremist who, if elected, would only add to the polarization crippling Congress.
“I am not an extremist. I’ve never been an extremist,” Love said Tuesday during a visit to Washington, D.C.. “I’ve talked to other tea-party members and, you know, the tea [partyers] have different ideas of who they are and what they believe in and what I’m telling you now is they’ve been the ones who label me. I don’t want anyone to put me in a box.”

The incumbent Democrat barely survived a challenge from Love last year. In the run up to the 2012 election, Matheson trailed by double digits, but managed to pull out a 2,646-vote win on election day.

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 has voted with Republicans on several issues, including Obamacare.

Mia Love Seeks Re-Match Against Blue Dog Democrat

Mia Love

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.

Mike Lee: Obama is a “Day Late and a Dollar Short” on Budget

Mike Lee

This was an eventual week in Washington as both chambers each passed their own budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. This shouldn’t be a big deal. The House has done its duty, passing budgets in 2011 and 2012. However, the Senate had not, until yesterday morning, passed a budget since April 29, 2009. And they budget they did finally pass never balances is loaded with $1 trillion in tax hikes.

In the weekly Republican address, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) explains why the Senate’s budget falls short on priorities and defies logic and he also slammed President Barack Obama for not submitting his budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

“This week, the United States Senate finally took up its annual budget,” noted Lee. “This shoudn’t be news, but Senate Democrats haven’t passed a budget in four years. The President has again failed to follow the law requiring him to submit his budget by the first Monday in February.”

Lee added, “In what clearly falls into the category of ‘a day late and a dollar short,’ he announced that he wouldn’t submit his budget until the second week of April.”

“To Republicans, the budget isn’t just about dollars; it’s about sense: common sense,” said Lee. “A budget is the only way to end the non-sense of Washington’s out of control spending. Reckless government spending has laid nearly $17 trillion of debt onto the backs of hardworking Americans.”

Sen. Mike Lee’s Speech at CPAC

Mike Lee at CPAC

In case you missed it, here’s video of Sen. Mike Lee’s from CPAC with the full text below. I sat down with Sen. Lee earlier this week for a discussion about his role in Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster, the push in the Senate to defund ObamaCare, and much more. You can check that out here.

Here’s the full text of Sen. Lee’s speech:

Up in the Pacific Northwest two brothers, Billy and Bobby, decided that they would sell apples. They set up a small fruit stand on the side of a busy road then drove their old pickup out to the farmer’s orchard, where they purchased a truckload of apples at a price of one dollar an apple. They returned to their stand and began selling their apples –for the head-scratching, bargain price of… one dollar an apple.

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