Utah mayor and GOP congressional candidate Mia Love was sent an envelope containing racist and disturbing photos. The black, female Republican says she's become a target because she "poses a problem to the policies of the Obama administration."
The thick envelope arrived at Love's office in Saratoga Springs, Utah, City Manager Mark Christensen told the Deseret News. The envelope reportedly contained a photo showing Love, her husband and a hooded Ku Klux Klan member as well as pictures of aborted fetuses.
Love responded to the "divisive racially and negative racially" photos, saying "I want you to know, I want everyone to know I am comfortable in my skin. I'm comfortable and proud of my heritage..." the Deseret News reports.
The mayor is currently campaigning against Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson for Utah's 4th Congressional District seat.
Love, who could be the first black female Republican elected to Congress, told the Deseret News that she believes she's become a target because she "poses a problem to the policies of the Obama administration." "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."
Back in August, Fox News reported that Love's Wikipedia page had been "vandalized" with racist and sexist epithets after she delivered her speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Fox News reported offensive language to the Wikipedia page read "dirty, worthless w---e," "sell-out" to the "right wing hate machine" and "House N-----."
A newly released poll from Love's internal polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies, shows the 36-year-old now leading Matheson 51-36, the Salt Lake Tribune reported on Tuesday. The group said a July poll of the district had Matheson leading 51-38.
Love said in a statement that the support is "encouraging," according to the Salt Lake Tribune. "Sadly, Jim Matheson has turned to false attacks on my community and my family. Now is the time for Jim Matheson to stop his negative campaign."
CORRECTION: This post has been updated to correct the spelling of "Ku Klux Klan."