James Mackler Reacts to COVID-19 Exposure  at Hamilton County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

James Mackler Reacts to COVID-19 Exposure at Hamilton County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2020

NASHVILLE — Decorated Iraq War veteran James Mackler, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, released the following statement in response to the Hamilton County Health Department’s report of a COVID-19 exposure at the Hamilton County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, an event both Bill Hagerty and Manny Sethi attended unmasked. 

Real leaders don’t put their personal political gain ahead of the health and safety of those they seek to serve,” said James. “I’m asking Tennesseans to let me serve again, in a new crisis, because senators have a mission too — to serve all of America.” 

Last night, James spoke with voters in Hardeman County where he discussed the push to reopen schools amidst rising numbers of cases and hospitalizations in Tennessee.  “Right now, [when] infections and hospitalizations are as high as they have ever been … my opponents, Bill Hagerty [and] Manny Sethi, are transmitting themselves around Tennessee demanding that schools reopen. They’re having events in person, they’re demanding that our children go back to school in person … no matter what the data would say.”

While Hagerty and Sethi have held several in-person, indoor campaign events without masks or social distancing, James has continued to meet with Tennesseans across the state virtually — discussing safe school reopening with a Tipton County public school teacher, getting money out of politics with End Citizens United, and the need to expand background checks to do something about gun violence with Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and Shaundelle Brooks, who lost her son in the 2018 Waffle House shooting, in virtual town hall events.  

Since launching his campaign at a closed rural hospital in McKenzie, Tennessee, James has earned support from the DSCC, Tennessee AFL-CIO, Tennessee Fire Fighters, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL, Vote Vets, Serve America, Let America Vote, End Citizens United, Giffords PAC, Gov. Phil Bredesen, Minority Leader Karen Camper, and thousands of Tennesseans in all 95 counties

James Mackler joined the U.S. Army after 9/11 to do more and serve in a time of crisis, serving in Iraq as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot as a Screaming Eagle in the 101st Airborne Division. He later protected sexual assault survivors and prosecuted criminals as a U.S. Army JAG attorney. James is running for U.S. Senate for the same reasons he joined the army — to do more and serve all Tennesseans in a time of crisis.