Yesterday, 5% of the Senate Republican Caucus transmitted themselves across Tennessee, violating local safety laws and putting their personal political gain ahead of those they were elected to serve. CNN covered the 2024 presidential proxy war unfolding in the Republican primary, noting the contrast in messages between that and decorated Iraq War combat veteran James Mackler, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, who continues to ask Tennesseans to let him serve again.

As decorated Iraq War veteran James Mackler, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, continues to share his message of service with Tennesseans, welcoming gun safety advocates to highlight the need for reform, speaking with Blue Star mothers, and earning high marks for his Zoom decor, the leading Republican candidates for U.S. Senate are waging a full out, expensive, white-hot race to the bottom primary battle by spreading messages of hate and division, and pledging to be rubber stamps for an agenda that is hurting Tennessee.

James Mackler has built a strong reputation as a candidate in previous cycles: and he has a campaign war chest to take an honest swipe at the job. As a veteran and family man, he can appeal to key demographics in the Tennessee electorate. Yet, on important social issues, Mackler is a true ally. If you’ve been at Pride in the past few years, you’ve seen him there, even if you didn’t realize it.

U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty, a member of the White House COVID Task Force, and his investment firm Hall Capital, did not experience any difficulty securing a PPP Loan as they received an infusion of $150,000 – $350,000 on April 10, exactly two weeks after the CARES Act was signed into law. Hagerty, who launched his political campaign on either July 12, 2019 – before resigning from his post as Ambassador to Japan – or September 10, 2019, rejoined Hall Capital as a candidate on November 5, 2019, and secured a multi-million-dollar line of credit that he’s using to fund his campaign on March 27, the same day the CARES Act became law.

The pre-primary report, due on July 25, will indicate that Mackler’s campaign raised over $100,000 in the period from July 1-July 17 and has more than $600,000 on hand. 94% of the individual donations in this truncated reporting period were under $200, 75% of the donors were from Tennessee, and 36% were first time campaign donors, showing growing momentum to add to new endorsements from the Tennessee AFL-CIO and Jewish Democratic Council of America, as well as airing television commercials statewide across Tennessee.