TN U.S. Senate Race: The Only Declared Democrat In The Race

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - James Mackler seems unfazed as parts of the political world focus on Phil Bredesen. Mackler is the only declared Democrat for the U.S. Senate race while Bredesen ponders a run.

“I am not really thinking about Phil Bredesen,” says Mackler. “As you know, I entered the race six months ago.”

The Democrat's apparent opponent first was Republican incumbent Bob Corker, but his withdrawal set the stage for Congressional member Marsha Blackburn's entry.

Many of Mackler's words for now are for her, not Phil Bredesen.

“I think the best way to win this Senate seat is to do what I am doing, which is constantly talking about demonstrating the contrast between someone who joined the Army after 9-11, and who has a history of serving his country versus someone who has a history of serving special interests. Someone who is truly a political outsider vs. someone who is truly part of the political machine,” says Mackler.

Mackler, who became a lawyer after flying army choppers, says his military career is resonating with Tennesseans, along with a message of togetherness.

“I have seen what we can accomplish when we work together and its incredible,” says Mackler. “I have seen that in Iraq and I have seen that in the courtroom.”

In another way to set himself apart from the other candidates, Mackler says he may soon campaign on his motorcycle.

As for Bredesen, his decision about entering the race is any day now.

The Blackburn campaign chose not to comment for this story.

 


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