Breaking: Rep. Marino Resigns

Rep. Tom Marino (R-Lycoming) is resigning from Congress.

The five term Republican announced he is stepping away to take a position in the private sector.

“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. 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,” Marino said in a release.

Marino was the first Republican Congressman in Pennsylvania to endorse President Donald Trump in the 2016 GOP Primary and only the fifth member of Congress to vow support for him according to Politico.

Trump selected Marino to be the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, but was never confirmed, in part due to a Washington Post/60 Minutes report detailing his role pushing a bill that “undermined” the DEA.

Last week, Marino introduced legislation to make House terms for Congressional representatives four years.

In the release about his resignation, he touts passing eight bills into law, specifically H.R. 348, 366 and S. 238.  

Marino coasted to re-election in the newly drawn 12th District in November.  

24 Responses

  1. This is just a trick to hand the seat off to someone else that the party bosses choose instead of the voters. It’s the exact same thing that Bud Shuster did to sneak Bill into office through the back door years ago without him having to run in an open primary. This was planned months ago and Marino ran for reelection this year under false pretenses.

    This should not be allowed.

  2. What a waste of taxpayer and donor dollars for this joke. Couldn’t even make it a month in the minority.

  3. Methinks “Casino” Marino’s is one of numerous developments presaging of a serious legal storm coming ashore in Trumpland. This is not normal and this S.O.B. Has left his staff hanging out to dry. I suspect indictments to start dropping soon

  4. Something smells here and i think Marino knows something is going bad and is jumping ship before it hit the fan. I just don’t what it is…whether is about him or Trump. Call it a gut feeling…Barletta isn’t going to run again. Sorry guys. i just don’t see that happening.

  5. I am to be running as the candidates in this special election for this seat and again in 2020 and I will get a lot of support and I win.

  6. You don’t have to live in the District, so Sweet Lou could run for the seat and continue to be the Super Trumper. And would be ironic because it would mean Lou b. only asks that undocumented aliens respect borders!

  7. Lou Barletta could win this seat but would have to establish residence. Don’t know how long you need to live in a district to be a resident. But he’d win here.

  8. Why not just have the special election and primary on the same date and what till the normal primary date? This is a Republican seat that Carney won due to the Republican at the time having some concerns. Why should Wolf rush to set a date? Cost can be less waiting till the Spring.

    1. Because there are rules about this. The Governor has ten days from the date of resignation to issue a writ for a special election. The special election has to be at least 60 days from the day the writ is issued.

  9. The state should charge him for the cost of running a special election! Other than that good riddance

  10. McLinko should run again. I wanted him to win the primary and would of wrote him in. It is time for Marino to go.

  11. Wonder if Nick Troiano of pike county would take another look at it?

    Could Lou Barleta run for it? He represented part of this district before redistricting. Just move East.

  12. Looks like the hammer is going to fall. Maybe his mafia friends are going down soon. No way he is taking a job in the private sector. There is so much more to this. Stay tuned…

    1. “no way he is taking a job in the private sector” rotfl totally. If he had been offered a position, he would have said who it was with when he resigned like everyone else does haha

  13. Now the people of this district have to expend tax dollars for another election. Marino should have withdrawn before the November election.

  14. Whoever gets it should also be qualified to be Drug Czar. Why did he run for re-election? Was he waiting to see if they would maintain the majority? This seat will be another candidate for elimination in the new redistricting.

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