Eva Longoria and Kal Penn Join Barack Obama Campaign

Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:46pm EST

President Barack Obama's support in Hollywood might not be what it used to, but he can always depend on a little star power from Eva Longoria and Kal Penn.

Longoria and Penn will serve as national co-chairs of the president's re-election campaign, the Obama for America campaign announced Wednesday. "Harold & Kumar" star Penn and "Desperate Housewives" actress Longoria will join dozens of other co-chairs to "serve as ambassadors for the President, advise the campaign on key issues, and help engage and mobilize voters in all 50 states."

Other co-chairs named to the campaign include former Obama chiefs of staff Rahm Emanuel and Bill Daley, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, and Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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Longoria and Penn's participation in the campaign isn't surprising; Longoria has been a big Obama booster, while Penn (real name: Kalpen Modi) took time out from acting to work at the White House as the associate director for the Office of Public Engagement.

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Jim Messina, the Obama campaign's manager, said that the newly appointed co-chairs "will be tremendous assets on the ground as we build the biggest grassroots campaign in history.”

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