Politics

Love ‘Outraged’ Pro-Moore Group Using Her to Raise Funds

The Solution Fund pushing Utah congresswoman as an alternative to Mitt Romney

Reps. Mia Love, R-Utah, left, rejected calls from a conservative PAC to challenge Mitt Romney for Utah's open Senate seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Mia Love has  rejected a push to run for Utah’s Senate seat by a PAC that supported Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

The Solution Fund, which backed Moore during his Senate race, spent $11,000 to support Love in a fundraising email that slammed Mitt Romney, who is considered the likely Republican favorite to run for the seat after Sen. Orrin Hatch announced his retirement, the Daily Beast reported.

The email called Romney “the best friend Hillary Clinton ever had,” while saying that Love was “the most exciting young Republican conservative in Congress,” the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The Solution Fund spent nearly $285,000 during Moore’s Senate run, which ultimately failed due to reports that Moore had inappropriate sexual relationships with teenage girls. 

But Love rejected its push on Twitter, saying she didn’t support Moore’s Senate candidacy and was “outraged” the PAC was “using my name to raise money for their interests.”

Love is facing a tough re-election race as Salt Lake City Mayor Ben McAdams, a Democrat, announced he would challenge her in October

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Love won re-election in Utah’s 4th District by 12 points in 2016 cycle, outpacing President Donald Trump in her district.

After McAdams’ announcement, Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzaleschanged its race rating from Likely Republican to Leans Republican.

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