(L) Romney on the campaign trail, (R) Rommey at Univision’s presidential forum on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012
*Mitt Romney is now being accused of resorting to “brownface” to connect with Latino voters.
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The former Massachusetts governor currently trails President Obama among registered Latino voters by nearly 40%, and last week he was revealed to have said that when it comes to his presidential chances, “it would be helpful to be Latino.”
So when Romney arrived at last night’s “presidential forum” hosted by Latino network Univision with his face looking as tanned as Rep. John Boener’s, the blogs pounced – believing the GOP candidate actually dyed his face brown.
The blog Wonkette wondered if perhaps the GOP nominee was involved in some sort of “self-tanner accident” or perhaps went out tanning with John Boehner “for a little pick-me-up.”
Democratic Underground was the first to post the below picture under the headline “Mitt Romney dyed his face brown for his Univision interview – ‘Real Photo’.”
How he normally looks (below):
*The Obama Campaign has added a second event to the president’s Oct. 24 fund-raising trip to Los Angeles that was initially to involve only a Latino fundraiser, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The new event will be a $35,800-per-person dinner at the Hancock Park home of “Hitch” producer James Lassiter and his wife, Mai, anc co-hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith; Troy Carter (Lady Gaga’s manager) and his wife, Rebecca; and Def Jam senior vp Jay Brown and his wife, Kawanna, head of Magic Johnson Enterprises.
Immediately following is Obama’s Latino fundraising gala at the nearby home of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas.
Obama will go “table to table, sitting and conversing with each group of guests. He will address the group as a whole, informally and will take several questions from guests,” notes the Hollywood Reporter. Candid photos will be taken with all dinner guests.
The two events are expected to raise more than $1 million for the Obama re-election campaign.
The addition of the Lassiter event comes in the wake Thursday’s announcement that the Obama re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised more than $70 million during the third quarter of this year. At least 15 percent of the donations came from California, officials said. More details on Obama’s third-quarter fund-raising efforts are expected in the coming days.
Actor Antonio Banderas (R) and his wife, actress Melanie Griffith are pictured at their table during a Democratic Party fundraiser headlined by U.S. President Barack Obama at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles May 27, 2009.
*As previously reported, President Obama will make a return swing through Los Angeles to court Latino voters on Oct. 24. It was announced last night that the fundraiser will take place at the home of actors Antonio Banderas and his wife Melanie Griffith, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The event, the first ever national Latino gala for Obama’s candidacy, will begin at 6 p.m. The street address for the couple’s home was not released, however they were last listed as living in Hancock Park.
Other co-hosts include national Futuro Fund chairs Giselle Fernandez, Andres W. Lopez, Henry R. Muñoz III and Manuel “Manny” Sanchez. The event will also feature Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Tickets to attend the gala range from $5,000 to $35,800.
The event is expected to attract Latino Obama supporters from across the country, plus a number of Obama’s Hollywood backers. It is the president’s second Los Angeles visit since Labor Day.
President Barack Obama walks from Marine One to the Residence of the White House October 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. President Obama was returning from a weekend at Camp David, the presidential retreat near Thurmont, Maryland.
*President Barack Obama will return to Los Angeles on Monday, Oct. 24 for a fundraiser specifically soliciting Latino support, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
No location has been set for the event, but save-the-date invitations will go out to potential donors shortly, the site reported. Among the co-hosts are news anchor Giselle Fernandez and attorney Manny Sanchez.
The event is being organized by the Futuro Fund, a group of Hispanic Obama supporters from across the country. Donations to attend the gala range from $1,250 to $35,800.
Most of Los Angeles’ and California’s Latino elected officials, including Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and labor leaders entered the last election cycle as Hilary Clinton supporters, but enthusiastically campaigned for Obama in the general election, where Latino voters played a key role in swinging previously red states into the Democratic column.
With the president’s campaign strategists anticipating a razor-thin contest in 2012, the Latino vote again looms large, particularly in key Southwestern states like Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, where it can be the difference between victory and defeat.