With the Democratic National Convention less than two weeks away, two of Hollywood's A-list actresses have been tapped for key roles at the post-Labor Day gathering in Charlotte.
Actress Jessica Alba and her husband, producer Cash Warren, will co-host the week's most important fundraising event, a joint open-your-checkbook party for all the pro-Democratic super PAC’s, including Priorities USA. The event, which is set for the convention’s closing night, is being called “Super-O-Rama” and hopes are high that it will help rescue the Dems’ efforts in the independent expenditure sector, where they’ve badly lagged those of the Republicans.
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, who is one of the co-chairs of the president’s reelection campaign, also will be one of the nine women to address the delegates from the podium. There are no consistent records to cite, but most observers think that’s a record number of female speakers at a national convention. Longoria has been one of President Barack Obama’s most enthusiastic surrogates during this election cycle and has emerged as a leading advocate of his reelection among Latinos.
In a pre-convention campaign video, Longoria told viewers, “Ever since I was a little kid, my parents made sure I knew I could do anything if I worked hard. My sister Lisa, who faced obstacles growing up with special needs, taught me to be courageous and compassionate. This is how I try to live my life day to day and this is what I see in everything President Obama does. Whether he’s fighting for affordable healthcare and access to education, or supporting small businesses in the Hispanic community, over the last three years he’s worked to reform our immigration system, to give everyone a fair shot at the American Dream.”
Cuban-American journalist and Spanish language television host Christina Saralequi also will be among the women addressing the convention, as will a pair of the party’s reigning political celebrities—California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and Massachusetts senatorial hopeful Elizabeth Warren. Both are big favorites of the Hollywood Democrats.
The big after-recess party on the convention’s second night will feature hip-hop artist and actor Common, who will perform at a charity benefit for Musicians on Call, a group that makes music available to wounded U.S. service men and women. “I'm not only excited to be able to support our President at this year's Democratic National Convention,” he said, “but also Musicians On Call, an organization that brings the healing power of music to hospital patients all over America.” Jermaine Dupri will DJ the concert, which is set for Charlotte’s Fillmore venue.
On a bipartisan note, Jeff Bridges—who the many “Big Lebowski” cultists among young voters regard as a source of wisdom second only the Buddha—will be at both the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week and in Charlotte next month “Well, I don’t dig party lines,” he wrote on the web, “so I’m heading to both the Republican National Convention AND the Democratic National Convention to get people talking about an issue in our country that knows no party — childhood hunger. I’ll be at both conventions, meeting with leaders, appearing on behalf of No Kid Hungry, and telling officials of both parties that America’s future depends on their supporting America’s kids today.”
You don’t need a DJ to get that message across.