Democratic candidate faults Corker for ‘timid words of hollow (Trump) disapproval’

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate James Mackler campaigned in Chattanooga and Williamson County Wednesday, reports The Tennessean, contending that Republican incumbent Sen. Bob Corker did not go far enough in his recent statement saying the Donald Trump White House is in a “downward spiral.”

“I think at this point we heard that we are in a downward spiral, and it’s important to note he said ‘they’ … Sen. Corker tried very hard to become a part of this administration, and now he’s trying to distance himself from it. But we need more than timid words of hollow disapproval,” Mackler said.

… The father of two said he thought the country stood at a unique time in history, but thought officials in Washington, D.C., should take the process one step at a time. On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee a Russian investigation. Mackler also didn’t believe Congress should run straight to talks of impeachment of the 45th president of the United States.

And while Corker sits as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Mackler said he wanted results from the independent counsel before he thought any additional investigations should open.

“I think the appointment of a prosecutor now is a great first step,” he said. “From my experience as a prosecutor, when the rule of law breaks down, it has tragic consequences. So, this is an important first step to getting to the bottom of this Russian involvement.”

Mackler said since his launch of the campaign, he’s watched the Trump White House and Congress “manufacture crisis after crisis.”

“We need a senator who will stand up, and stand up for what’s right,” he said.

Note: Previous post on Corker’s comment is HERE; on Mackler’s campaign kickoff, HERE. His call for a special prosecutor echoes commentary in a post on his Facebook campaign page.

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