(CNN) – Tea Party Express says they'll add Rep. Barney Frank to their list of lawmakers they're targeting in November's midterm elections.
The national Tea Party organization Tuesday announced that it will go up with ads against the 15-term Democratic congressman from Massachusetts and will hold a rally in the state near the end of their upcoming cross-country bus tour.
The Sacramento based group kicks off their fourth tour, called "Tea Party Express IV: Liberty At the Ballot Box," next Monday. The trip starts in Nevada, where the group will once again target Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Tea Party Express is a major backer of Reid's Republican challenger, former Nevada lawmaker Sharron Angle.
Tuesday the organization, in an email to supporters, said "Big news everyone – the Tea Party Express has added Barney Frank as one of our top targets for defeat in the November 2nd Midterm Elections."
The email asked for donations to help defeat Frank.
Tea Party Express officials tell CNN that they'll run ads in Frank's district and will also target the congressman when they hold a rally in Worcester, Massachusetts on November 1, the last day of their cross-country bus trip.
Worcester, in central Massachusetts, is not in the congressman's district. The fourth congressional district, which Frank has represented for 30 years, is located in southeast Massachusetts. Frank has never scored below 60 percent of the vote in any of his re-election victories in the heavily Democratic district. But the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, who has had a large role in financial services reform, as well as dealing with the subprime mortgage and home foreclosure issues, has become a target for conservatives.
CNN has reached out to the congressman for a reaction to the move by the Tea Party Express and is awaiting a comment.
Frank faces off in November against GOP nominee Sean Bielat, a Marine reservist. Frank's re-election campaign says they are up with television commercials in Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, the two television markets that cover the district.
The Cook Political Report, a top non-partisan political handicapper, rates the race as likely Democratic, while the Rothenberg Political Report, another leading non-partisan political handicapper, describes the contest as safe for the Democrat.
Tea Party Express spent around $250,000 on ads to help Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown in Massachusetts, who upset Democrat Martha Coakley in a January special election to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat.
"Massachusetts voters proved that they're sick of liberal career politicians who are out of touch with the nation, and it's time to send Barney into retirement" says the Tea Party Express, in a statement to CNN.
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