- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 17, 2013

Republican Mayor Mia Love of Saratoga Springs, Utah, said she is “seriously” considering a rematch with Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson for the race she lost by only 700 votes in November.

“We’re seriously looking at it again,” she told The Salt Lake Tribune on Saturday just before her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Americans’ “struggles haven’t gotten any better, the environment in Washington hasn’t gotten any better. … We need people who are going to be leaders, people who are going to do something about it.”

Mrs. Love told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in a recent interview that her first bid for Congress taught her a lot.

“There are a lot of things to do differently, and there are a lot of things we did that worked,” she said. “I get to start from a completely different place.”

The Tribune reports that the mayor has hired Dave Hansen, “a Republican strategist and former Utah GOP chairman who successfully ran Sen. Orrin Hatch’s re-election.”

Mr. Matheson said Saturday that he’s surprised Mrs. Love already is planning another bid.

“It’s awfully early to be talking about that,” Mr. Matheson said in an interview, according to The Tribune. “We just finished an election and I think most folks I talk to are tired of the politicking. They want people to work constructively to get things done.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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