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PAC to Rep. Mia Love: Run for Sen. Orrin Hatch's Open Seat

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Friday, 05 January 2018 12:29 PM

A conservative political action group is raising money in a bid to convince Utah Rep. Mia Love to run for Sen. Orrin Hatch's seat and stop Mitt Romney from getting it — and Love isn't happy about the effort.

The Louisiana-based Solution Fund super PAC — which reportedly backed Roy Moore's ill-fated campaign for senate — has spent $11,000 on digital ads in support of Love's potential candidacy, The Daily Beast reports.

In a tweet posted Thursday, Love, a Republican who serves Utah's 4th congressional district, wrote:

In one of it's recent email blasts, the super PAC said:

"Senator Orin Hatch announced his retirement today. The Swamp has already chosen the best friend Hillary Clinton ever had, Mitt Romney, to replace him.

"We are at a critical point in American History. A decade of losing America is the direct result of the losing brand of Romney/McCain so called ‘Republicanism' which is just insider cronyism …

"Here's the good news . . . Utah is home to the most exciting young Republican Conservative in Congress, Mia Love . . . Back the person the DC Swamp fears the most today. This exciting, courageous young Conservative Republican mother, wife, and leader can change America forever."

The email adds that Solution Fund has a $50,000 matching fund.

Love's adviser and campaign manager Dave Hansen told The Salt Lake Tribune: "You can't stop them from doing it. Mia Love did not ask for their help and does not support them . . . We do what we can to disassociate ourselves with them."

He added that Love is not considering a Senate run and "focusing on her congressional race."

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and two-time GOP presidential candidate, has stated his interest in taking over for Hatch and is considered the Republican front-runner.

The Daily Beast says Solution Fund is the brainchild of "Louisiana Republican operative" and businessman John Mathis.

In September, the super PAC used President Donald Trump's complimentary remarks about Moore — the Alabama Republican whose senate run was thrown into turmoil over allegations he molested teenage girls when he was in his 30s — to fundraise for him.

"We are thankful that his last words before leaving the White House to celebrate Thanksgiving were the strong words of support for Roy Moore," said Solution Fund's pitch, The Chicago Tribune reported.

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A conservative political action group is raising money in a bid to convince Utah Rep. Mia Love to run for Sen. Orrin Hatch's seat and stop Mitt Romney from getting it - and Love isn't happy about the effort.
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