November 27, 2017

NASHVILLE – Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) voted to increase healthcare premiums for thousands of Tennesseans in order to give corporations a massive tax cut that most believe will not help increase wages. According to a Tennessean report about recent polling on Blackburn’s tax plan, “only 20% of Tennessee voters believe that the plan’s corporate tax cuts will be used to raise wages for employees, while 72% reject this claim.” Blackburn’s tax plan is viewed by 77% as less favorable when Tennesseans learn “the healthcare changes in the plan will raise health insurance premiums by $3,000 for thousands of Tennessee families with individual insurance.” Blackburn has refused to tell Tennesseans how much she personally stands to gain from her tax vote for weeks.

“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.”

Earlier this month, 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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