Breaking: Trump Taps Marino for Drug Czar
Rep. Tom Marino will have a new job and Northeast Pa. will have a special congressional election – if the Senate confirms him as President Trump’s pick for director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The White House announced the President’s intent to nominate Marino along with 41 other positions in a late Friday announcement. In the position Marino would oversee federal anti-drug efforts, both domestic and international.
Marino’s name was first floated for the post in April. He took himself out of consideration in May, citing an illness in the family.
A former U.S. Attorney and four-term Congressman, Marino was the first Pa. federal official to endorse Trump in the GOP primary in 2016. During his confirmation hearing, he is likely to face questions about his support for the pharmaceutical industry and his past association with businessman and convicted felon Louis DeNaples.
When Marino’s name first surfaced in the spring, several GOP officials expressed an interest in seeking the open seat in a district Trump won by 36 points. Names on the Republican side included State Representative Fred Keller (R-Snyder), Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko, Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare, State Senator Mario Scavello, and State Representative Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming). Marino’s District Director Dave Weber was also discussed.
PoliticsPA recapped the process for selecting the GOP nominee in a special election.