Outspoken Obama supporter Eva Longoria has penned an op-ed criticizing Mitt Romney for views she says are dangerous for the Latino community.
The piece, which was published in The Hollywood Reporter, alleges the GOP hopeful is "on the wrong side of every issue that pertains to Latinos." Longoria -- who is a co-chair of the President's reelection campaign -- cites Romney's opposition to the DREAM Act and support for SB1070 (Arizona's controversial immigration law) as indicative of a nefarious agenda.
On the flip side, she says Obama has been great for the community, noting that the President has increased the number of Pell grants available to Hispanic students. Longoria also claims the democrats' healthcare legislation would help secure insurance for an additional 9 million Latinos. (Longoria released a video Thursday explaining why she supports the President.)
Though some are quick to dismiss celebrity viewpoints on politics and current affairs, Longoria says she's simply doing her duty as a citizen and cites her involvement with her foundation, Eva's Heroes, as emblematic of a passion for politics and issues relevant to the Latino community.
The article is hardly the first time the "Desperate Housewives" star lambasted Romney. She took to Twitter in January of this year to protest his opposition to the DREAM Act, tweeting that though "85% of Latino Voters support the #DREAM act, 100% of @MittRomney doesn't."
In March, Longoria appeared on MSNBC to discuss co-chair role. "There is an attack on women's health care and President Obama's policies are the only ones that are going to move the agenda for women's rights," she said at the time.
She also stopped by CNN to say the economy is the number one issue Latino voters are concerned about.
Longoria says she has no aspirations to run for office. "God, no. I have more power as a citizen," she writes. "Once you become a politician, your hands are tied. I'd rather have a voice."
It would follow, then, that the actress believes Obama's hands are just tied with looser ropes than Romney's.
For the full editorial, head over to THR.
Eva Longoria, side Tina Fey, was named one Hollywood's highest paid TV actresses by Forbes.com, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/09/29/eva-longoria-and-tina-fey_n_986750.html" target="_hplink">according to Huff Post. </a> She earned an estimated $13 million last year.
"My Hispanic heritage means everything to me, it's really who I am and where I come from and I'm very proud to be Mexican-American," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/13/eva-longoria-interview-for-hispanic-heritage-month_n_1008567.html" target="_hplink"> Eva Longoria told HuffPost Latino Voices in a video interview. </a> "I think Mexican-Americans, which is the culture I come from, have the most amazing work ethic, and I've learned my worked my work ethic from my mother and my father and seeing them work so hard. It's just amazing how hard these people work in the United Stated and all over the world and I think that's a characteristic that I'm really proud of." Here Longoria poses with Congresswoman Hilda Solis at the National Hispanic Foundation For The Arts Annual "Noche de Gala."
Although her Gabrielle Solis character may not be exactly what you would consider a gourmet, (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMfNAa2W7SM" target="_hplink">the pine apple upside-down cake episode attest to this</a>), Longoria is said to be <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/09/eva-longoria-cookbook_n_846593.html" target="_hplink">a natural in the kitchen</a>. Earlier this year, she released "Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends," which include her favorite family recipes. Here, Longaria attends a signing for her book 'Eva's Kitchen' at Barnes and Noble in Los Angeles, California.
Eva Longoria is best known for her role as the extroverted, money-driven, (sometimes) devoted friend Gabrielle Solis in the ABC hit Desperate Housewives, in which she has appeared since the series launched in 2004. In this photo, Longoria is seen at the Disney ABC Television Host "Desperate Housewives" Final Season Kick-Off Party at Universal Studios in September 2011. Now that Desperate Housewives is coming to an end, Longoria is turning to new projects, including a number of edgy roles, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/27/eva-longorias-post-desperate-housewives_n_938868.html" target="_hplink">according to Huff Post.</a>
Longoria is a producer of <a href="http://theharvestfilm.com/" target="_hplink">"The Harvest/La Cosecha: The Children Who Feed America,"</a>, a documentary about the more than 400,000 children in the United States who are torn away from their schools and homes to work as migrant workers with their families, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/17/eva-longoria-on-producing-new-documentary-the-harvest-la-cosecha_n_1016377.html" target="_hplink">according to HuffPost.</a> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/latino-celebrities-philanthropists-_n_1095927.html" target="_hplink">Longoria is a big philanthropist.</a> She started a project called, "Padres Contra El Cancer" ("Parents Against Cancer"), a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life of Latino children with cancer and their families. Longoria was awarded the "Latina Visionary and Community Empowerment Award" for her contributions at the 21st National Hispanic Women's Conference, the Hispanic Women's Corporation. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/eva-longoria-fires-off-at-newt-gingrich_n_1131989.html" target="_hplink">Longoria recently used Twitter to criticize GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's controversial proposal to employ children as janitors. </a>
Here, Longoria poses in the press room with "Favorite TV Show" Award for Desperate Housewives during the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards. In 2005, <a href="http://www.goldenglobes.org/blog/2005/12/63rd-golden-globe-awards-nominations/" target="_hplink">Longoria was nominated for a Golden Globe for "Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Show-Musical Or Comedy." </a> In 2007, she <a href="http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/awards/nominees/index.jsp?year=2007" target="_hplink">won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Female TV Star." </a>
Longoria was the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/16/alma-awards-2011-george-lopez_n_965961.html" target="_hplink">oficial host for the 2011 NCLR ALMA awards side George Lopez</a>. The awards were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.
Longoria is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/best-dressed-latino-celebrities_n_1132596.html?ref=latino-voices#s520902&title=11_EVA_LONGORIA" target="_hplink">no stranger to fashion.</a> You can always spot the actress on <a href="http://www.fabsugar.com/2011-Golden-Globes-Best-Dressed-13291161" target="_hplink">best dressed lists </a>. She's a fan of clothing designed by celebrity and BFF Victoria Beckham, like this beige dress which <a href="http://candybarbie.com/2011/11/15/style-awards-eva-longoria-in-victoria-beckham/" target="_hplink">she wore to the 2011 Hollywood Style Awards held at Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood.</a>
Longoria who hosted the 2011 MTV European Music Awards, also had a performance side Katy Perry <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/08/mtv-ema-rihanna-miley-cyrus-eva-longoria-parker_n_780199.html#176832" target="_hplink">where the singer ripped of Longoria's skirt </a>.