POLITICS

The Democrats' Secret Power Player

Eva Longoria poses during a photocall for Global Gift Foundation, Monday May 12, 2014 in Paris. The Global Gift Foundation is
Eva Longoria poses during a photocall for Global Gift Foundation, Monday May 12, 2014 in Paris. The Global Gift Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on making a positive impact on the lives of children, women and families. (AP Photo/C. d'Ettorre)

These days, if you’re a rising star in Democratic politics, it is downright weird if you don’t have Eva Longoria in your corner.

The 39-year-old actress starred on the long-running ABC satire Desperate Housewives and in more lackluster theatrical fare such as Harsh Times and Over Her Dead Body. She’s done commercials for L’Oréal, and hosted Saturday Night Live. But her work as an entertainer isn’t what’s earning her the biggest headlines these days—it’s her role as a serious political activist and powerhouse in Democratic politics.

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