Trump Says Rep. Marino Withdrawing Consideration as Drug Czar

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President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican, has withdrawn his name from consideration to become the nation's next drug czar.

"Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar," Trump tweeted. "Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!"

The congressman's withdrawal comes after a joint CBS "60 Minutes" and Washington Post report revealed that Marino took nearly $100,000 from the pharmaceutical lobby while sponsoring a bill that made it easier for drug companies to distribute opioids across American communities and thwart the Drug Enforcement Agency.



  • Fredric

    Rep. Marino,

    It comes around.

    When a veteran wanted to vote, Rep. Marino couldn’t care.

    When heavy donator AA wanted cut 2 flights on Veterans Day to AVOCA so the airline can sell the landing slot to freight, Rep. Marino did nothing.

    When his district is a drugstore, well, you get the idea.

  • get real

    C’mon WNEP do some investigative journalism here. Get an intern from NYU to start looking into his assets, tax returns, Find out how long and deep he has been in the pockets of lobbyists (especially beyond Big Pharma). How many vacation houses does this crook have? You got a chance at a Pulitzer here!

  • Mike Hunt

    Casino Marino, exposed for the true piece of garbage that it is. Crooked as they come and the morons that keep voting in this waste case deserve their warranted demise.

    • warningfakenews

      The name calling didn’t keep him out of office, what makes you think it will have an effect now? Or is that all ya got?

      • get real

        It’s pretty damn sad that what you are saying is that his massive corruption doesn’t matter to you (and not only in dollars but in human terms) only because he has a (R) after his name. Real intelligent.

  • George

    Hey, Marino. Those dancing skeletons in the closet are waiting to come out. Did the victim know before? Or after? Bwahahahahahahahah!! Curious George. Maybe the AG can get three or more for the price of one. ???

  • sick of fake news

    FAKE NEWS ALERT: WNEP and others make it seem like Marino was solely responsible or at least mainly responsible for the passage of this bill which is complete BS. Here is how it REALLY played out (this is from regarding the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act):

    03/17/2016 Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S1605-1606; text as passed Senate: CR S1605-1606)
    04/12/2016 Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed without objection.(text: CR H1618-1619)
    04/14/2016 Presented to President.
    04/19/2016 Signed by President.

    That’s right. It passed the Senate UNANIMOUSLY including Chuck Schumer and every liberal Dem in the Senate and passed the House WITHOUT OBJECTION including from Nancy Pelosi. Then it was sent to OBAMA who instead of vetoing it SIGNED IT INTO LAW.

    Fake news strikes again. Plenty of blame to go around beside Marino if this ended up contributing to the opioid crisis in hindsight.

    • JessicaInWilliamsport

      Marino had other skeletons in his closet that would have come out during the nomination process. He’s not exactly a good candidate for a drug czar, even when he was just a small time DA. LOL Kinda sorry he withdrew, the circus would have been fun.

      • troutlover

        Based on his record as a Congressman from PA he’s not exactly a candidate for human being! This scumbag got $100K from the “drug dealers” and God knows how much under the table AND a nice, well paid job as a lobbyist for them in the future!! Is there ANY Republicans (except John MacCain) who is NOT worthless?

      • George

        Hey, Marino. Those dancing skeletons in the closet are waiting to come out. Did the victim know before? Or after? Bwahahahahahahahah!! Curious George. Maybe the AG can get three or more for the price of one. ???.

      • sick of fake news

        so, what he sponsored the bill. Do you seiously think any bill that’s sponsored automatically gets every single senator–including all the democrats– to vote for it and Obama to sign it? Get real. If that bill passed into law, there was plenty of blame to go around and not just on Republicans. You don’t think Democrats get money from lobbyists? Get real.

        Really delusional to blame passage of the bill on Marino. Obama could have single handedly vetoed it, but of course the fake news media protects their darling every time. What a cover up.

  • Tom D

    Tim Murphy, a Pennsylvania 8-term Republican representative sitting on the House Pro-Life Caucus asked his extramarital girlfriend to have an abortion right as he was signing anti-abortion legislation. Tom Marino, another Pennsylvania Republican, was enthusiastic about becoming this nation’s Drug Czar before it was reported that he accepted $100,000 from a pharmaceutical lobby for helping companies distribute opioid analgesics more easily. Couple these two (admitted to) facts with the additional fact that this state, against our own interests, went for Donald Trump last year and Pennsylvania is looking pretty bad. Nay, very bad. Personally, I must confess, I’m tired of the embarrassment and disappointment. Can we all please promise to examine situations more carefully and choose candidates based on the common good of Pennsylvania? Please, before it’s too late. Let’s make sure we elect good, moral and experienced people who are in it for Pennsylvania and not themselves. I realize this is a task much easier said than done but it’s an imperative to keeping what we have and want. I love this state and I want the best for its people. As the rest of the country (and world) is mired in chaos and division, lets stand together and do what Pennsylvania is supposed to do, provide the Keystone of the nation.

    • Givemeabreak

      The fringe people are the problem. We need more moderates in this country. Too many far rights and far left. These people that support their parties no matter what are loons. They never admit when they are wrong which means they are more often wrong than right.

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