Tennessee AFL-CIO Endorses James Mackler for U.S. Senate

Tennessee AFL-CIO Endorses James Mackler for U.S. Senate

For Immediate Release: July 1, 2020

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee AFL-CIO and its COPE Committee have endorsed decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler as the best choice in the race for Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate seat. Representing over 60,000 working men and women across Tennessee, the Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council advocates for “worker-friendly policies to encourage a greater quality of life for all Tennesseans.”

“James Mackler is the right guy at the right time for Tennessee,” said Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus. “James will serve Tennesseans with integrity in the Senate just as he did serving our country in the 101st Airborne Division. I know James will stand up for Tennessee’s working families and fight for what’s right. The Tennessee AFL-CIO Executive Board and its COPE Committee are proud to endorse James Mackler for U.S. Senate and are ready to roll up our sleeves to help get him elected.”

“I come from a union family and I know we can never take the hard-fought victories of organized labor for working people for granted,” said James, who closed his law practice to serve in the U.S. Army after 9/11. “I’m running to serve all Tennesseans and will always stand up for working people in the U.S. Senate. I’m honored to have the support of the Tennessee AFL-CIO in this mission to send better leadership to Washington.”

The Tennessee AFL-CIO’s endorsement of Mackler comes at a time when Bill Hagerty is airing a television ad touting his record of economic success and job creation as head of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) and celebrating right to work laws. The facts of Hagerty’s ECD tenure paint a different picture — one where Tennessee became the state with the highest percentage of minimum wage workers in the nation and the state most dependent on trade with China.

Since James Mackler launched his campaign at a closed rural hospital in McKenzie, Tennessee, he has earned support from the DSCC, Tennessee Fire Fighters, 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 joined the U.S. Army after 9/11, becoming a Black Hawk helicopter pilot and serving as a Screaming Eagle in the 101st Airborne Division. Following a deployment to Iraq, James became a JAG attorney, protecting sexual assault survivors and prosecuting criminals. 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.