Police have launched an investigation after a “packet of information” that local city officials described as racist was sent to Utah Republican congressional candidate Mia Love’s office in Saratoga Springs, The Deseret News reports.
Love made a splash with her rousing address at the Republican National Convention last month, cementing her place as a rising star in the GOP. She is also trying to become the first black GOP congresswoman in U.S. history.
Unfortunately, her new-found fame has also made her a target.
An unknown suspect reportedly sent an envelope full of pictures to her office, including photos of aborted fetuses, a photo of Love and her husband Jason and a photo of a Ku Klux Klan member wearing a hood, The Deseret News reports.
When asked about the envelope filled with hate, Love provided a confident and firm response:
“I want you to know, I want everyone to know I am comfortable in my skin. I’m comfortable and proud of my heritage. I’m proud of who I am. I know where I’m going and I know what we need to do to get this country back in order again. There isn’t anything that anyone can send me that will distract me from that so they can bring it,” she said.
Saratoga Springs City Manager Mark Christensen said the pictures were “disturbing” and “pretty creepy.”
“I couldn’t tell if it was threatening or anything. It kind of shocked me, what I saw,” he added.
Love called herself a “tough cookie” and said she will do anything to protect herself and her family from threats. That being said, she is confident the police can handle the matter.
Love also told The Deseret News that she is being targeting because she is a threat to the current policies of President Barack Obama. She also said the threatening messages are meant to distract her from tackling the real issues in the congressional race.
“I knew that people would come after me,” Love said. “I knew that people would try to change and distort information so I’m going to focus on things that are really important.”
According to Politico:
Love’s campaign released an internal poll Tuesday showing her with a 51 percent to 36 percent lead over incumbent Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson. The last public, independent poll of the race, released in June, showed Matheson leading, 53 percent to 38 percent.
This is not the first time that Love has been targeted because she is black. Following her RNC speech, people on Twitter attacked her for being a black Republican woman, calling her a “GOP token” and even changed her Wikipedia page to call her a “house n**ger.”