Obama campaign’s new lead: Eva Longoria

Longoria's career as an Obama campaign surrogate is booming


Desperate Housewives may be coming to an end, but actress Eva Longoria’s side career as an Obama campaign surrogate is booming.

The actress bashed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a series of appearances this week on cable news.

"Of all the candidates Mitt Romney is on the wrong side of every issue pertaining to Latinos," Longoria said in an interview with Andrea Mitchell.

Though Longoria admitted President Obama has disappointed some Latinos, she claimed Obama has had "his hands tied by Congress." The actress did not mention that Democrats controlled both houses of Congress for the first two years of Obama’s presidency.

This is not the first time the actress has publicly defended the president.

In September 2011, Longoria defended Obama’s record during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and said "an extremist movement" has held the president back.

"He just keeps getting beat up lately because there is such an extremist movement happening and it’s a very dangerous," Longoria said. "For me it’s very dangerous because it’s not the character of America, it’s really under attack. And he has been governing in a state of emergency since the time he went into office so we haven’t really seen him do what he can do."

Longoria is a major fundraiser for the president. She has pledged to bundle between $200,000 and $500,000 for the Obama campaign, serves as one of 35 national campaign co-chairs, and has appeared at a number of high-profile fundraisers for the campaign.

Thursday, Longoria was a celebrity guest at a Los Angeles fundraiser featuring Labor Sec. Hilda Solis. Last month, Longoria attended a private fundraiser at the home of Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos in Beverly Hills, Calif., which raised nearly $1 million.

Outside of her recent political success, Longoria has had some struggles in recent ventures.

Last year, Beso LLC, a Las Vegas restaurant and nightclub owned by the actress and co-investors, filed for bankruptcy to restructure $5.7 million in debt and other liabilities. The restaurant and club later closed briefly, jeopardizing the jobs of 128 full- and part-time employees, before re-opening after a restructuring and partial sale.

While the Desperate Housewives actress is perhaps best known for her role on the ABC nighttime soap, her marriage to San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker also made headlines. The couple divorced in November 2010; it was revealed that Parker had an affair with the wife of one of his former teammates, Brent Barry.

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