Legislative District 9 candidate Randy Friese got an unlikely (albeit indirect) endorsement in his race to unseat incumbent Ethan Orr tonight.
The Alliance of Principled Conservatives, which is being backed locally by former State Senator Frank Antenori and political consultant Christine Bauserman, has released a "blacklist" of 15 Republicans it wants out of the statehouse.
Although the list notes three candidates: John McComish, Doris Goodale and Rich Crandall are no longer seeking another term or have already left the legislature.
The group is an independent expenditure group, although Bauserman, the Chair of Alliance of Principled Conservatives, declined to say who is funding the group or what their next steps would be in the 77 days before the Aug. 26 primary.
The list primarily focuses on Republicans in the Phoenix metro area, although LD9 Rep. Orr made the list in an unusual way.
Failing to line up their own conservative candidate to run against Orr, the group is telling Republicans to "leave the bubble blank" hoping that enough Republicans will opt out of voting in the LD9 race.
This option, however, will hand a victories to incumbent Rep. Victoria Steele and political newcomer, Friese, in the Dem-leaning district. Both are Democrats.
The group also targeted two LD11 candidates. The group has targeted Jo Grant, a former legislative coordinator for the Arizona legislature, in the house race - asking GOP voters to back Realtor Mark Finchem, small business owner Vince Leach.
In the Senate race in LD11, the group blacklisting "future Brewercrat" Scott Bartle and asking them to vote for Rep. Steve Smith in his race to take Al Melvin's senate seat.
The group endorses LD8 candidate Darla Dawald but calls incumbents Frank Pratt and T.J. Shope as traitors to the GOP.
On Monday night, Antenori labeled Orr and others "Legistraitors" for backing Common Core and last year's expansion of Medicaid backed by Gov. Jan Brewer.
A full list can be found here.