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NASHVILLE – Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who amidst reports of her role in the nation’s horrific opioids epidemic, chose to use her campaign Twitter account to advertise a Sunday afternoon campaign fundraiser four times rather than denouncing White Supremacists rallies in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro. The Columbia Daily Herald noted “Blackburn was preoccupied last week defending why she co-sponsored a bill that undercut the Drug Enforcement Agency, which wanted to slow down shipments of opioids, and explaining why she would not return $120,000 in contributions from drug lobbyists.”

NASHVILLE – As the Administration declares the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), chief sponsor of the legislation that made it harder for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to stop suspicious drug shipments, continues to evade Tennesseans in her role in the crisis. While her cosponsor, Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) withdrew his nomination to lead the Office of Drug Control Policy, Blackburn refuses to withdraw from the Tennessee U.S. Senate race.

NASHVILLE – James Mackler, an Iraq war combat veteran, JAG officer, and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, today launched digital ads calling for Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to withdraw from the U.S. Senate race following the stunning 60 Minutes and Washington Post report of her “shepherding [a] bill that undercut DEA.” Earlier this week a cosponsor of Blackburn’s legislation, Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA), withdrew his nomination to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

WASHINGTON – By most measures, the southern state of Tennessee would appear to be a significant challenge for any Democrat in the upcoming 2018 U.S. Senate race. The governor, both houses of Tennessee’s state legislature, and the two U.S. Senators are all in Republican hands. Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a 26% margin in last year’s election. Nonetheless, with incumbent Senator Bob Corker announcing his retirement last month — the chances for any new candidate slightly rose. It is into this vacuum that James Mackler has emerged: a Jewish Army veteran during the war in Iraq who, if elected, would likely be the first U.S. Senator married to a Rabbi.

NASHVILLE – James Mackler, Iraq war combat veteran, JAG officer, and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, today called on Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn to withdraw from the U.S. Senate race following a Washington Post report of her “shepherding [a] bill that undercut DEA.” Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA), cosponsor of the legislation, today withdrew his nomination to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.