An influential Tea Party group announced its 2010 target list Thursday, and raised a few eyebrows by endorsing a Democrat.
At a press conference in Washington, the Tea Party Express named its favorite lawmakers and candidates, as well as those officeholders they most want to see removed.
The Tea Party Express endorsed a slate of Republican Senate candidates, many of whom have already established themselves as conservative darlings.
State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Calif.), former Florida House Speaker Marco RubioMarco RubioGuess which Cuban-American 2016 candidate best set themselves up for 2020? Budowsky: Why Warren masters Trump Meghan McCain: ‘I no longer recognize my party’ MORE (R), former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Kentucky Republican Rand PaulRand PaulWhat to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE and former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) all earned official nods. "They'll get some direct support from us," said Russo.
DeVore, Rubio, Paul and Angle are locked in tough primary campaigns. Angle and DeVore are both trailing significantly in polls.
The group also announced a number of Democrats they would seak to unseat. Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerDem suggests race factored into Obama Senate endorsement Obama, Biden back Kamala Harris in Calif. Senate race Tim Scott says he was targeted by Capitol Police MORE (D-Calif.), Harry ReidHarry ReidSuper-PAC targets Portman on trade Dem leader urges compromise on FCC set-top box plan Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension MORE (Nev.) and Arlen Specter made their way onto the group's target list, as well as the following House Democrats: Alan GraysonAlan GraysonDem super-PAC to launch ads backing Murphy in Florida GOP senators lead in key swing states Dem rep tells Trump to ‘shut the f--- up’ over Ginsburg criticism MORE (Fla.), Barney Frank (Mass.), Gerry ConnollyGerry ConnollyDems urge treaty ratification after South China Sea ruling Lawmakers back bill allowing transit benefits to apply to Uber Memorial Bridge, ports among projects slated to get transportation grants MORE (Va.), Tom Perriello (Va.), Baron Hill (Ind.), Alan Mollohan (W.Va.), Betsey Markey, Dina Titus (Nev.) and John Spratt (S.C.).
Russo said these members voted the wrong way on the financial bailout, cap-and-trade, the stimulus and healthcare reform.
Finally, the group endorsed a slate of its favorite lawmakers, including one Democrat. "We have to be effective and influential within both political parties," Russo said. "We have to reward some Democrats that have been willing to stand with us on the tough issues."
The group is backing: Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) along with GOP Reps. Michele BachmannMichele BachmannNo-shows at GOP convention Clinton camp: Trump VP pick is 'divisive,' 'unpopular' Lobbying world MORE (Minn.), Joe
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Pence (Ind.) and Tom McClintock (Calif.).
The group's PAC has some $116,000 cash on hand, Russo added, noting it spent close to $400,000 on TV ads in support of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) during his special election race against Democrat Martha Coakley.
This post was updated at 8:50 p.m.