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.