Uproar after Latina actress endorses Tea Party candidate

SAN FRANCISCO

Eliana Lopez says the only drama she wants to see is on the stage at the Brava Theater where she is producing the Spanish language version of the play "The Vagina Monologues."

But there has been uproar after one of the actresses, Maria Conchita Alonso, appeared in an internet commercial endorsing Tea Party candidate and immigration hardliner Tim Donnelly who is running for California governor.

"I want a gun in every Californian's gun safe," Donnelly says in the ad. The backlash has been swift. The Brava Theater has been receiving hate calls and e-mails on both sides of the issue.

"The big deal here for me is to be attacked for what I'm doing what this country was all about, which was freedom of speech," Conchita told ABC7 News.

Lopez, who is also the wife of San Francisco's sheriff, says Alonso was not forced out. "We explain to her look, we are in the Mission. All this community is very well organized, fighting for the rights of immigrants. So it's a conflict. And she saw it and she decided to resign," Lopez said.

The controversy may help ticket sales for The Vagina Monologues. It runs Valentine's Day weekend, February 14-16.

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