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 Antonio RubioManchin quietly discusses Senate rules changes with Republicans Rubio calls on Airbnb to delist some properties in China's Xinjiang region Democrats seek to avoid internal disputes over Russia and China MORE (R), former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Kentucky Republican Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMajor utilities agree to stop sharing data with ICE Senate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Overnight Defense & National Security — Lawmakers clinch deal on defense bill 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 Levy BoxerFirst senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List Bass gets mayoral endorsement from former California senator MORE (D-Calif.), Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidLobbying world Bottom line Voters need to feel the benefit, not just hear the message MORE (Nev.) and Arlen Specter made their way onto the group's target list, as well as the following House Democrats: Alan GraysonAlan Mark GraysonDeSantis tops Crist, Fried in poll of Florida governor race Florida Rep. Val Demings officially enters Senate race against Rubio Demings raises Democrats' hopes in uphill fight to defeat Rubio MORE (Fla.), Barney Frank (Mass.), Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyHouse Democrats miss chance to help McAuliffe Progressives see infrastructure vote next week Dem hopes for infrastructure vote hit brick wall 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 BachmannBoehner says he voted for Trump, didn't push back on election claims because he's retired Boehner: Trump 'stepped all over their loyalty' by lying to followers Boehner finally calls it as he sees it 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.