The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has a reputation for supporting Democratic candidates. But, the controversial labor union is gearing up for an effort that will explicitly support Republican contenders.

The California branch of SEIU is planning to launch a political action committee with the sole purpose of getting moderate GOP candidates elected to California state office. The Capitol Alert has more:

The union says 87,000 of its 700,000 members are registered Republicans. With redrawn legislative boundaries looming and the creation of the top-two primary system, SEIU’s new leader Dave Kieffer has said this is the perfect time to start helping candidates to extricate themselves from the grip of party extremists. SEIU is expected to launch its second ad campaign this weekend in the districts of current GOP legislators its officials believe could support Brown’s tax package.

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