Tea Party Express announces 2010 election targets, endorses Democrat

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 RubioRubio challenges Murphy to six debates Trump gets 're-action' figure treatment Murphy wins Fla. Senate primary, setting up showdown with Rubio MORE (R), former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Kentucky Republican Rand PaulRand PaulTrump, Clinton boost Snapchat spending Clinton enjoying edge over Trump in Silicon Valley Trump gets little backing from Silicon Valley 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 BoxerNo, Tim Kaine is not the most liberal member of Congress Dem senator pushes EPA on asbestos regulations Trump was wrong: Kaine is a liberal in a moderate's clothing MORE (D-Calif.), Harry ReidHarry ReidWill there be a 50-50 Senate next year? Murphy wins Fla. Senate primary, setting up showdown with Rubio Top Dems push FBI to investigate Trump campaign role in DNC hack MORE (Nev.) and Arlen Specter made their way onto the group's target list, as well as the following House Democrats: Alan GraysonAlan GraysonGrayson’s wife loses primary for his seat Murphy wins Fla. Senate primary, setting up showdown with Rubio The Trail 2016: Drip, drip, drip... MORE (Fla.), Barney Frank (Mass.), Gerry ConnollyGerry ConnollyFeds scrutinize DC Metro trains for running red lights Dems want answers after Metro transit officer charged with aiding ISIS DC Metro wasn’t adequately inspecting tracks before train derailment 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 BachmannMichele Bachmann: God picked Trump to be the GOP nominee Huma Abedin's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood Michele Bachmann: I'm advising Trump on foreign policy MORE (Minn.), Joe Wilson (S.C.), Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGrowth of red tape outpaces economy IRS chief refers GOP allegations against Clinton Foundation to internal office Five ways Trump’s convention was a success 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.