What’s next for Mia Love following her close loss to Democrat Ben McAdams in Utah’s 4th Congressional District? Her high-profile press conference on Monday may provide a few clues.
Don’t bet next month’s mortgage on her looking for a rematch with McAdams in 2020. She may be looking for something more high profile.
Following her fiery concession speech on Monday, sources close to Love tell UtahPolicy.com that she may be angling toward securing a job in television as a political commentator.
“She does want to have a voice somewhere in the future,” they said.
It’s natural to think that Love may be hoping for a job with conservative Fox News, but that may not be the case according to our source.
“I don’t think she has a specific network in mind,” they said. “She really hasn’t focused yet on where.”
On Monday Love described herself as “unleashed” and “unshackled” following her loss to Democrat Ben McAdams, and promised to speak out in the future.
“I can say exactly what’s on my mind. I will continue to raise conservative values...wherever I go. Best of all, I don’t need a title or permission to do that,” she said.
Several Republicans remarked to UtahPolicy.com after the event that Love’s presser was a strange way to leave public service. But, if you look at it from a certain angle, it could be seen as a sort of audition for her post-Congressional career.
Love’s trashing of President Trump was the most provocative public statement she made since she took office following the 2014 election, and it paid off. Her comments were the topic of discussion most of the day on Monday’s cable news programs, and she was interviewed on CNN by Jake Tapper.
Love moving to TV makes some sense. Aside from former GOP chairman Michael Steele, the roster of African American Republicans who are commentators on television are rather thin. Omarosa Manigault, Stacy Dash, Herman Cain, Allen West and Alan Keyes come to mind. Even Diamond and Silk got a show on the new Fox News streaming channel.
Love’s two terms in Congress makes for an appealing resume. If Love wants to move to TV after she leaves Congress, it shouldn’t prove too difficult.
Love would be following in the footsteps of former Rep. Jason Chaffetz who resigned from Congress to take a spot with Fox News. He is a frequent contributor to the channel, has filled in for their evening news hosts, and even authored a book.
That’s not a bad post-Congress gig for Chaffetz. Love may be scouting a similar path.