Pregnant With Anticipation: An Actor’s Campaign for Obama

Actor Jonathan Del Arco, plays Dr. Morales on “The Closer” and “Major Crimes.” He has been campaigning for the President since July and is also a gay activist and fundraiser for GLSEN in Los Angeles.

When I tell people I’m a surrogate for the Obama Campaign I usually get a bemused smile, a cocked head and the question, “what does that mean?” to which I jokingly reply with a straight face “I’m carrying the President’s baby.”

I signed up in July because I thought my little bit of celebrity and the fact that I’m fluent in Spanish could be of some help. Four trips to swing states and many early morning radio interviews later, I’m beginning to see how true that ‘carrying the President’s baby’ joke really is.

I’m beginning to experience a lot of the perks and pains of pregnancy. I have the glow, the gratitude and courtesy of people (usually reserved for pregnant women), the swollen feet and back aches from hoofing it door to door or standing all day at local campaign offices as well as the morning sickness which I felt the day after the first debate. Not to mention the barrage of calls and emails from everyone wanting to make sure ‘the baby’ was all right.

Why bother?

So why do it? I have a busy enough life; I’m on a TV show and have a day job as the west coast fundraiser for GLSEN (The Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network). Plus I have a husband and a family of three critters that require lots of care.

Simply put, I’m gay, Latino and an immigrant so this President has displayed his love for me many times over, I though it was my turn to give it back. I have two sisters and a mother who’s a senior and depends on her hard earned Medicare and Social Security. If I did not do everything within my power to stop Romney/Ryan from taking office I would be a traitor to everything I hold dear, my husband, my mother, my sisters and my country. Yeah I think they are THAT bad!

The setback that Romney/Ryan would bring to women, gays and seniors, not to mention the middle class and the poor, are untenable to me. Plus I’m worried about my Republican friends that don’t seem to realize that unless they are millionaires Romney’s economic plans are not in their best interests either.

So I’ve been out stumping. I always show up with a prepared speech which inevitably goes by the way-side when one of the local volunteers shares a personal reason for fighting the good fight and I find myself fumbling my way through why I’m there since they seem to have matters well in hand.

Such was the case two weeks ago in Colorado when a man in his late 40′s, who is a block leader, got up and shared how he and his partner, who had AIDS, had been traveling when his partner became ill on the trip. His conditioned worsened and this man was not allowed to go to his love’s bed-side to say goodbye before he passed, “family only in the ICU.”

Having lived through something similar in the 80′s during Reagan’s shameful handling of the AIDS Crisis I was almost too moved to speak. This local hero is volunteering seven days a week to make sure Obama gets re-elected. He eloquently outlined all of the monumental progress we have made on gay rights in the past four years and there was not a dry eye in the room.

The bottom line is that Romney is cynically and dishonestly hiding his real positions on an array of critical issues, but voters won’t be fooled because he’s been running on them for years. Take for example Romney’s abortion lie Tuesday which makes this fact particularly clear.

So how are we going to make sure this baby is delivered safe and sound on November 6th? Work- work- work. Contribute, volunteer, talk to other voters and tell them why this is the most important election in our lives. It’s time to stop wringing our hands over the bad debate and use those hands to start ringing some door bells.


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Photos courtesy of the author


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Eric Lees
Eric Lees4 years ago

"The setback that Romney/Ryan would bring to women, gays and seniors, not to mention the middle class and the poor, are untenable to me. Plus I’m worried about my Republican friends that don’t seem to realize that unless they are millionaires Romney’s economic plans are not in their best interests either. " Jonathan Del Arco

You imply that Obama's economic plans are in the best interest of the poor and middle class? How are record deficits (future taxes), high unemployment, high inflation (hidden taxes) good for anyone other that the .01% that control the money?

Gabriela W.
Gabriela W4 years ago

I think you are an amazing person, Jonathan Del Arco! Even though I am not an American national, am not living in the US, therefore not a voter, I admire Mr Obama and I admire what you do, the courage you show in standing up for who you are and what you believe in! Keep up the good work and good luck!

Gretchen H.
Gretchen H4 years ago

I think everyone should support the candidate they feel best represents their issues. I also am glad to see some groups getting the respect they deserve. But I am not sure what good it all does when America is going to become a third world nation if we don't do something. Our food, water and land is become a cesspool. Our jobs are gone. The wealthy are like dictators. We better wise up and realize that neither parties cares anymore. We need to find third parties candidates that are more balanced.

Noreen Niamath
Noreen Niamath4 years ago

Thanks for caring and sharing

Ariel H.
Ariel H5 years ago

Thank you Jonathan.
I couldn't agree more!

Belle W.
Belle W5 years ago

Interesting analogy there.
I don't know that Care2 is the right place for Democratic campaigning. I think that the people here would rather campaign for the issues than for the candidates. No candidate supports the kind of initiatives that we strive for here. No candidate will mention seal clubbing in the campaign when they're being elected on how far they will intrude in people's lives in terms of the economy or in terms of marriage or in terms of things that some of us call rights and some of us call preposterous. I'm voting Democrat; I'm settling for the lesser of two evils for some of the same reasons that Del Arco does. But Care2 is here to remind me of my values, and how that translates into my politics is something that I can decide for myself.

Ralph F.
Ralph F5 years ago

Wow. Choosing the, "Vichy Democrat" over the Nazi Republican. How, like, progressive, man.

Araceli Codnia
Araceli Codnia5 years ago

Ruby A: like many other people, your conclusions are taken too fast, and therefore wrong. I AM LATINO, and what I am saying of the president, is that he is just favoring his race, and we, the latinos are paying the consequences. I only "hate" abusers, being people abusers, or animals abusers. But I do not see the "better" in someone who is playing the good guy to win, and with the other one, we know what to expect... All I know is that since Obama won in 2008 I lost my job, my house, everything, had to move to another state because I could not get a job even as a dishwasher!!!

Thomas P.
Thomas P5 years ago

Thanks. Luna, you claim to not see the "choice" between President Obama and Governor Romney. I'd say that you're not really looking...or listening. There are clear and distinct differences between the two candidates, PARTICULARLY if you are a woman and "choice" means anything to you. Interesting you use the word "choice," because it's all about women's choice between the two candidates. And if you're referring to supporting a women's right to have dominion over her body and make choices pertaining to her reproductive and sexual rights and health as "propaganda," then I agree that Care2 is all about should you.