Rep. Love after 4th District loss: 'I believe we've elected a wolf in sheep's clothing'
(KUTV) -- Rep. Mia Love spoke at the Utah GOP Office in Salt Lake City after she reportedly called Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams to congratulate him on his victory in the 4th Congressional District race.
Love spoke briefly about her opponent, claiming that the public had "elected a wolf in sheep's clothing." She also criticized President Trump, saying
The president’s behavior towards me made me wonder, what did he have to gain by saying such a thing about a fellow Republican? This gave me a clear vision of his world as is.... no real relationships, just convenient transactions.
The representative said this election and recent comments have shined a spotlight on "the problems politicians have with minorities and Black Americans."
It's transactional, not personal.
Love says she isn't going anywhere and after this election, she has been "unleashed." It is unknown at this time what her plans are for the future and if those plans involve politics.
The opponents have been in a "too close to call" race for weeks.
The numbers showed McAdams held 50.14 percent of the vote in the newly-released numbers. Love had 49.86 percent.
"Time to put election-year politics aside and join together as Democrats, Independents, and Republicans to get things done in the next Congress for Utah families," a McAdams campaign spokesperson said in an email.
Gov. Herbert congratulated the Salt Lake County mayor on the victory on Twitter.
Shortly after the governor's tweet, Mia Love released a statement through spokesperson Sasha Clark:
I am currently traveling with my Family for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. I have not yet spoken with Ben McAdams but with the results in and the election now over, will be calling him shortly. I will also be holding a press conference on Monday morning at 10:00 am at the UTGOP office to discuss the race. Regardless of how you voted, I want to express my sincere appreciation to you for engaging in the process. It is one of many reasons this is the greatest country on earth. May we take this week to reflect on the countless blessings surrounding our state and country. Happy Thanksgiving. -Mia Love
The state elections director, Justin Lee, told 2News the state is required by law to reject any recount request that does not fall within the mandated .25 percent margin. McAdams lead by .26 percent of the vote on Nov. 19.
Love reportedly called the Salt Lake County Mayor Saturday. McAdams tweeted shortly after saying Love "graciously" congratulated him. She essentially did concede to McAdams.