TAMPA, Florida — Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria will address at the Democratic National Convention next month, according to a release — the first celebrity to be selected to address Democratic delegates.
Longoria, a co-chair of President Barack Obama’s reelection effort, has taken on a significant fundraising role for Obama, and has worked on Hispanic and women’s outreach for the campaign.
Particularly in light of Rep. Todd Akin’s comments on rape this week, the Obama campaign has readied another push on women’s rights and women’s health, and is planning on using the convention to highlight the “War on Women.”Among the other names announced on the all-female list announced today:
-Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin
-Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth
-Sandra Fluke, Georgetown University Student
-Denise Juneau, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Montana
-Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America
-U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, together with the women of the U.S. Senate
-Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund