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Report: Racist Package Sent to Utah’s Mia Love

Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 04:44 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Police in Utah are investigating racist photos sent to the office of Republican congressional candidate Mia Love, but authorities aren’t sure whether any crimes were committed.

An envelope including pictures of aborted fetuses, a photo of Love and her husband Jason, and a photo of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member were sent to Love’s mayoral office in Saratoga Springs, the Deseret News reported.

Saratoga Springs City Manager Mark Christensen described the contents of the thick envelope as "disturbing" and "pretty creepy stuff."

"I couldn't tell if it was threatening or anything,” Christensen told the Deseret News. “It kind of shocked me.”

The city has received other mailings aimed at Love, but nothing like what had arrived on Tuesday, Christensen said.

Saratoga Springs Police Chief Gary Hicken said an investigation is continuing.

"I can say it's racial in nature, but I can't tell you it’s criminal in nature," he told the Deseret News.

Love, 36, a Republican who is locked in a tense battle with Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, was defiant when asked about the mailing.

"I want you to know, I want everyone to know I am comfortable in my skin,” Love said, the Deseret News reports. “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.

Love, a Mormon and the daughter of Haitian immigrants, seeks to become the first black female Republican to be elected to Congress.

Last month, her Wikipedia page was vandalized after she gave a rousing speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Her biography had been strewn with racist and sexist epithets.

"I knew that people would come after me," Love told the Deseret News on Tuesday. "I knew that people would try to change and distort information, so I'm going to focus on things that are really important."


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