Another Republican has announced his retirement from the House of Representatives. It is not as much fun to be in the House minority as the majority, so this trend will probably continue. This is Representative Tom Marino’s (R-PA) story about why he wants to leave.
Marino was just reelected in the midterms, but he will be leaving on January 23, 2019. That was pretty odd. Why go through the effort of implementing and managing a reelection campaign then suddenly retire three months later?
The representative came to the House in 2010 and served District 12 in Pennsylvania for five terms. In his announcement he basically said that he wanted to go into the “private sector,” according into The Daily Item. That was another version of wanting to “spend more time with my family.”
The Representative tweeted something else that was a bit surprising. He said that he wanted to use his “experience to create jobs around the nation:”
“As of January 23, 2019, I am officially stepping down from Congress. Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position in the private sector where I can use both my legal and business experience to create jobs around the nation.’
Marino continued with his statement:
‘I want to thank the people of the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania for the faith they have placed in me to represent them in Congress. It truly has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I worked in Congress to fight for the hardworking people of our region and I am proud of the work we have accomplished. I am confident that the area will continue to thrive.’
President George W. Bush chose Marino to be a U.S. attorney in 2002. This was after he served 10 years as the Lycoming County (PA) district attorney (DA).
The representative was among the president’s earliest supporters. Trump nominated him to be America’s “drug czar.” However, his ties with Louis DeNaples and some of the legislation he supported caused him to withdraw from consideration in October 2017.
Marino supported legislation that worked against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s attempts to halt opioid addiction among the population. Tens of thousands of people die from opioid overdoses every year. The pharmaceutical industry contributed $100,o00 to his reelection.
In 2017, the congressman issued his statement withdrawing from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) consideration, according to The New York Times. He said in part:
‘As a former prosecutor who has dedicated my life to aggressive and faithful enforcement of our laws, I have reached the difficult decision that the best course of action is to remove the distraction my nomination has created to the utterly vital mission of this premier agency. At the same time, given my lifelong devotion to law enforcement, I insist on correcting the record regarding the false accusations and unfair reporting to which I have been subjected.’
Then, he went on to talk about the legislation he supported:
‘I’m proud of my work on the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, which passed with unanimous consent in the House and Senate, unopposed by the DEA and was signed into law by President Obama. This landmark legislation will help to facilitate a balanced solution for ensuring those who genuinely needed access to certain medications were able to do so, while also empowering the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to enforce the law and prevent the sale and abuse of prescription drugs.’
Marino was also tied to DeNaples who apparently has connections to the mob in his state, according to The Times Leader. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said DeNaples had to clear up any “confusion surrounding mob allegations” before he can be around the gaming industry. The confusion included:
‘…answering questions regarding the alleged false statements he made to the Board during the 2006 investigation and showing that the allegedly false statements were either misunderstood or not problematic in his license application. However, DeNaples has not done so.’
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