November 29, 2017

NASHVILLE – Adding to an already extreme record on healthcare, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) voted last week to cut $25 billion from Medicare that will further threaten the accessibility of rural healthcare in Tennessee. According to the AARP, Blackburn’s cut “could impact doctors who accept Medicare, raising questions about whether seniors who live in more rural areas would continue to have access to physicians.

Earlier this year, Blackburn voted for the House’s healthcare bill that would have had devastating effects for people with pre-existing conditions and sent premiums for everyone else sky-rocketing.

While we continue learning about the negative impacts of Blackburn’s tax bill, Tennesseans still do not know what she personally stands to gain from the legislation as she has refused to make her tax returns accessible.

“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,” said Iraq war combat veteran and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate James Mackler. “Congresswoman Blackburn should tell Tennesseans exactly how much she stands to gain from the latest special interest give away her leadership calls ‘tax reform’ and release her tax returns from all of her years in Washington.”

Last week, was launched to give Tennesseans a fresh look at Blackburn’s horrible record across her fifteen years in Washington. The website illustrates the stark contrast between an Iraq war combat veteran who volunteered to serve his country against a career politician that only serves special interests.


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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