Mia Love, the Obama of the Republican Party?

Republican Mia Love candidate for Utah's 4th Congressional District responds to questions from the media following the annual conference of the Utah Taxpayers Association Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Salt Lake City. In their first appearance together, Republican Love and Democrat Doug Owens fielded questions from a Utah taxpayer watchdog group. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)
Republican Mia Love candidate for Utah's 4th Congressional District responds to questions from the media following the annual conference of the Utah Taxpayers Association Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Salt Lake City. In their first appearance together, Republican Love and Democrat Doug Owens fielded questions from a Utah taxpayer watchdog group. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)
Republican Mia Love candidate for Utah’s 4th Congressional District responds to questions from the media following the annual conference of the Utah Taxpayers Association Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

 

Los Angeles (AFP) – Even her name is media friendly. Mia Love instantly became the darling of the Republican Party on Wednesday, after being elected as its first black female member of Congress — and she is a Mormon to boot.

She has also rapidly drawn comparisons with Barack Obama, not least since she wowed her party’s 2012 national convention with a tale of rags-to-political-riches, much like the young Senator Obama did in 2004.

“Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black Republican LDS woman to Congress,” she said at her victory rally, referring to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons.

“Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it,” said the 38-year-old, who was previously mayor of Saratoga Springs, a city 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.

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