Utah’s black Republican congressional candidate Mia Love receives ‘disturbing’ mail

Mia Love

Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah Mia Love speaks during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Police are investigating disturbing photos that were sent to Utah Republican congressional candidate Mia Love Tuesday, the Deseret News reported.

The Saratoga Springs, Utah mayor is currently running against Democratic Representative Jim Matheson. If she wins, Love will become the first black female Republican elected to Congress.

The package Love received earlier this week had photos of aborted fetuses, a picture of her and her husband and another photo of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member. There have been no reports yet on who sent it.

City Manager Mark Christensen said the city has received mail against Love several times, but this recent package was “disturbing” and “pretty creepy stuff” and he turned it over to police.

Love told the local paper she believes she’s being targeted because she’s seen as a threat to Obama administration policies.

“I knew that people would come after me,” Love said. “I knew that people would try to change and distort information, so I’m going to focus on things that are really important.”

Saratoga Springs Police Chief Gary Hicken has assigned an officer to look into the case, but he says that while the department recognizes the package as racial, it has not yet determined if it’s “criminal in nature.”

Hicken said police may increase patrols around Love’s house.

“If there is a physical threat, I’m sure they will let me know about it. But I want them (police) to be aware and handle that,” Love said.

She was asked about the mail last night on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.

“Oh you know it’s just to be expected,” she told Van Susteren. “Am I surprised? No. Am I disappointed? Absolutely.”

“I want everyone to know I am comfortable in my skin. 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,” Love told the Deseret News. “There isn’t anything that anyone can send me that will distract me from that so they can bring it.”

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