Decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler endorsed Governor Phil Bredesen in his campaign to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate in front of hundreds gathered at the Davidson County Democratic Party straw poll last night.

“I joined the Army after 9/11 because I felt like I had to do more and I entered this U.S. Senate race eight months ago because I felt called to public service,” said James. “Public service is under attack when extremists like Marsha Blackburn vote to end AmeriCorps. Washington is broken. No one is working for Tennesseans and we need people who are going to work for common sense solutions. This is the time for unity and there is no time to waste which is why I am happy to be endorsing Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate.”

My candidacy for U.S. Senate has never been about me but about service to the country I love.

Eight months ago, I resigned from my job and stepped forward to run because I saw politics as usual in Washington hurting Tennesseans, with no one willing to challenge a two-term incumbent who was not representing our values.

On issue after issue, hardened partisans chose to focus on what divides us rather than working together and finding common ground on the major issues of the day: healthcare, education, jobs and the economy. This year alone we’ve seen two major bills crafted behind closed doors without any input from the American people that will have devastating consequences.

A month after Congresswoman Blackburn told Tennesseans that “you’ll always know where I stand,” she has yet to denounce her fellow Breitbart-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. Six days after the first gross sexual misconduct allegations about Moore came public, Blackburn sheepishly issued an “if true” statement, questioning the truthfulness of the accusers to protect her own Breitbart endorsement. Many more women have since made credible accusations about Moore’s conduct.

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) tax cut vote will increase taxes by $5.3 billion on those making between $40,000 – $50,000 by 2027, according to the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). The JCT estimates that Blackburn’s bill will give households earning above $1 million a $5.8 billion tax cut by 2027. The median income in Tennessee is $46,574, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.