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.

James Mackler, the Senate race’s Democratic front-runner, criticized Blackburn over her involvement in a bill that undercut the DEA as opioid deaths were on the rise in Tennessee. “I’m running for U.S. Senate because Tennesseans need a senator that will stand up for them rather than catering to special interests and corporate lobbyists,” Mackler said in an emailed statement Sunday night. “That Congresswoman Blackburn would champion legislation like this while Tennesseans face an opioid epidemic is all one needs to know about her priorities,” he said.

NASHVILLE – Following another strong fundraising quarter, James Mackler, an Iraq war combat veteran, JAG officer, and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, today launched digital ads highlighting Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s disastrous record on healthcare. The ads are part of an on-going five-figure digital ad buy placed by the Mackler campaign.