October 29, 2017

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.”

“When Congresswoman Blackburn chooses sides she will always go with her special interest campaign donors,” said Dave Hoffman, campaign manager for Iraq war veteran and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate James Mackler. “While White Supremacists invaded Middle Tennessee this weekend, Congresswoman Blackburn used her social media platform to promote her fundraiser four times. It’s no surprise that she has also refused to take responsibility for her actions intensifying our nation’s opioid crisis.”

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Following the stunning 60 Minutes and Washington Post report of Blackburn “shepherding [a] bill that undercut DEA,” she has evaded taking responsibility for the legislation. The co-author of her bill, Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA), withdrew his nomination to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. When asked if she would return campaign donations from the drug industry, Blackburn said “that is absolutely absurd.”

Since launching his campaign in April, James has raised over $750,000 from thousands of individual contributions from Tennesseans across 83 counties.




When America was attacked on September 11, 2001, attorney James Mackler felt the need to do something. A successful attorney in private practice, he closed shop to enlist in the Army, spending three years as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne Division including a deployment in Iraq.

Upon his return from Iraq, James transferred to the Judge Advocate General Corps where he prosecuted murderers and rapists. In civilian practice, he’s continued to work finding ways to apply the law to improve the lives of others.

James left the active duty in 2011 but continues to serve in the Tennessee Air National Guard. A graduate of Duke University, he earned a law degree from the University of Washington.

James, 45, resides in Nashville with his wife and their two young children.

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