According to U.S. News & World Report, no reason has been given for why Marino is no longer under consideration for the post. Marino had been reported to be in the final stages of completing a move to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Trump White House.
“We have no comment on this topic,” Marino’s Chief of Staff Sara Rogers told U.S. News & World Report.
The move by the Trump administration ends speculation about who would be chosen by both parties to run in the special election that would be called to replace Marino.
Update: Marino released a statement about the possible posting.
“Due to a critical illness in my family, I have, with regret and the utmost respect, informed the White House that I must withdraw my name from consideration for Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy,” Marino said in the statement.
Marino announced he will remain in Congress.