Blackburn letter to Commerce Chief Ross on trade tiff's Tennessee impact: 'We urge you to reconsider broad tariffs'

United States Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn speaks during the Hamilton County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner at The Chattanoogan on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

NASHVILLE - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn plans to raise concerns in a letter this week to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross regarding the impact of President Donald Trump's trade policies on Tennessee.

In a draft of the letter obtained by the Times Free Press, the Brentwood congressman cites the "grave potential for retaliatory tariffs to adversely impact industries across the state.

"Tennesseans stand to suffer disproportionate and negative consequences relative to other states given the large presence of industries that rely on international trade, such as automotive, agriculture, and distilled spirits," Blackburn says in the letter, which others are expected to sign before it's expected to be sent Wednesday to the commerce chief.

She also says that "while we support the goal of addressing unfair trade practices, we urge you to reconsider broad tariffs to avoid unintended negative consequences to Tennessee's economy and workers.