The real Mia Love

The real Mia Love

I remember my first interactions with Mia Love. It was months before she burst onto the national scene at the Republican National Convention and a couple of years before she became the first black Republican woman elected to Congress. This was before anyone even though she had a shot at securing the Republican nomination in Utah’s 4th District.

I don’t remember exactly what was said those first moments I talked with her, but I do remember the genuineness of Mia Love. I wasn’t a VIP, potential campaign donor, or even a 4th district  voter, yet she made me feel good. She offered real compliments and kindness. I  appreciated that about her.

In July 2012 I was given a small role on Love’s Congressional campaign. I felt a little bit like an outsider in the campaign, partly because I was part-time, working mostly from home and not spending much time at the campaign office, and partly because this was a big-time campaign with professional consultants and I came from the activist/grassroots crowd. This is not to say I didn’t love working with everyone on that campaign, because I did. I sometimes just felt like I didn’t fit in. However, Mia always made me feel like a million bucks. She took the time genuinely make me feel important and appreciated.

This didn’t end when the 2012 campaign ended. Every time I’ve seen her since she has taken the time to find out how my family’s doing and how I’m doing.

One more thing: Mia Love is nobody’s puppet. Trust me. She’s a strong, independent-thinking person with a solid set of principles and a great family to keep her grounded. Mia will be a force to be reckoned with in Congress and I’m proud to call her a friend.



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Michael Jolley
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Michael has been active in Utah politics since 2009 and admits he still has a lot to learn. He lives in Provo with his wife Jessica and their two small children. Follow Michael on Twitter: @UTJolley

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