Eva Longoria: Political 'Power Player'

She helps Obama on immigration, he helps her on tattoos: WSJ
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2013 9:26 AM CST
Eva Longoria delivers a keynote address at the Fourth Annual Latino Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in November.   (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Verizon Wireless/AP Images)

(Newser) – The Wall Street Journal today anoints none other than Eva Longoria—she of Desperate Housewives and Hottest Woman of the Year honors—as a DC "power player" given her role as Hispanic activist. The profile notes that she has hired one of Bono's advisers, hoping to duplicate his trick of turning celebrity status into real political clout. And while she stumped for President Obama, Longoria is now reaching out to big-name Republicans to improve her standing as a nonpartisan policy advocate. Two stand-out details from the story:

  • On policy: In a meeting with Obama last spring, Longoria pressed him to protect young Hispanics from deportation. When he blamed Congress, she didn't back down: "With all due respect, sir, it needs to be delivered by you in an emotional manner," she said. "Talk to us like you're talking to family." Two months later, he delivered.
  • On tattoos: At the same meeting, Obama gave her some grief about a tattoo on her wrist of her wedding date. "Now, was that a good idea?" he asked. "Well, I thought so when I got married," replied the divorced Longoria. She had the tattoo removed.
Read the full profile here.

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