Fresh off the news that Sen. Mike Lee has been tapped to deliver the Tea Party response to the State of the Union, now there’s speculation that Congressional candidate Mia Love could do the official GOP response to the address.
Politico lists 10 Republicans who could give the SOTU response and Love is #7 on the list:
Pro: Love, a Utah U.S. House candidate would be the first black Republican woman elected to Congress, a plus for a party desperate to demonstrate its diversity. Love has proven she can deliver in the spotlight, as she did when she spoke at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Putting the 38-year-old former Saratoga Springs mayor back in the national eye would boost her profile and her fundraising as she promotes a pro-business, limited government agenda.
Con: The GOP response has traditionally been presented by a current officeholder; a House candidate from Utah may not fit the bill.
That certainly comes as news to Love’s campaign manager Dave Hansen. He tells Utah Policy the speculation is flattering, but this is the first they’ve heard of it.
“I have no idea where this came from,” says Hansen. “She’s a heck of a speaker and would do a great job, but nobody has called us about this.”