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.

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"It's a combination of rewarding our friends and punishing our enemies," said Sal Russo, chief strategist for the Tea Party Express. "We're only in races where we think we can make a difference."

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 Antonio RubioCongress faces growing health care crisis in Puerto Rico The Hill's 12:30 Report Colbert mocks Trump for sipping water during speech on Asia trip MORE (R), former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Kentucky Republican Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress must end American support for Saudi war in Yemen Black men get longer prison sentences than white men for same crimes: study Sarah Palin on sexual harassment: 'People know I'm probably packing' so they 'don't mess with me' 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 BoxerBarbara Boxer recounts harassment on Capitol Hill: ‘The entire audience started laughing’ 100 years of the Blue Slip courtesy Four more lawmakers say they’ve been sexually harassed by colleagues in Congress MORE (D-Calif.), Harry ReidHarry ReidVirginia was a wave election, but without real change, the tide will turn again Top Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor MORE (Nev.) and Arlen Specter made their way onto the group's target list, as well as the following House Democrats: Alan GraysonAlan GraysonPennsylania Dems file ethics complaint against Rep. Barletta The Hill's 12:30 Report Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog MORE (Fla.), Barney Frank (Mass.), Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyLights, camera, SCOTUS Bipartisan pair wants commission to oversee Iran deal Dem lawmaker warns of 'political and moral limitations’ to working with Trump 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 Marie BachmannBachmann praises Trump as man of faith Tom Petty dies at 66 Bachmann: Muslim immigrants trying to undermine Western civilization MORE (Minn.), Joe Wilson (S.C.), Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTrump's Twitter lockout raises safeguard concerns Anti-pyramid scheme legislation is necessary to protect consumers from fraud Former Tennessee rep enters race for Corker's Senate seat MORE (Tenn.), Tom Price (Ga.), Mike 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.