- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 1, 2016

It’s not every day a House Democrat gives money to a Republican colleague’s reelection effort, particularly in the midst of a heated presidential campaign year.

That’s why Rep. David Scott’s $1,000 contribution to Rep. Mia Love, Utah Republican, is, so, well, newsworthy. 

The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday reported about the May 2016 donation after confirming the story with Mr. Scott, a Democrat from Georgia. Ms. Love had told the Tribune about the rare moment of aisle-crossing in an interview with the paper’s editorial board.

“I am the only candidate out of 435 members that has been endorsed and supported by someone from the other side of the aisle,” Mrs. Love said. “That tells you something.”

“Mia has proven herself. She is very smart, very talented,” Mr. Scott told the Tribune by phone. “It is very important for us as African-Americans to look at the big picture and realize that we are in a big game here and we have to have alliances.”

Of course Mr. Scott, a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, which describes itself as home to “fiscally conservative Democrats,” is no stranger to cross-party endorsements.

“Kyle Kondik, from the University of Viginia Center for Politics, said [Mr. Scott’s donation] is uncommon, though he noted Scott also endorsed Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson, an old friend, earlier in August,” reported the Tribune.

“Lawmakers are partisans, or at least most of them are, and you don’t get ahead in your own party by backing members of the other party,” Mr. Kondik said, reported the Tribune.

Mr. Scott endorsed Hillary Clinton for president back in 2014.

In her interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, Mrs. Love — who initially was an early backer of Marco Rubio and then of Ted Cruz — said she isn’t sure for whom she’ll vote in November, other than that she won’t be casting her ballot for Mrs. Clinton.

“The reason we are in this situation is that we are OK with subpar,” Mrs. Love told the Tribune. “You think of the two people that are going to be the leader of the free world — we should expect more, and I am expecting more before I make any decisions.”

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