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Thu Jan 17, 2019, 02:13 PM

 

Congressman Tom Marino Announces Resignation

Source: marino.house.gov



“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."

Read more: https://marino.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-tom-marino-announces-resignation



Republican, PA-12.

Very bizarre considering he just got sworn in again 2 weeks ago. Why did he run for office in November just to quit now? Something suspicious going on.

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Reply Congressman Tom Marino Announces Resignation (Original post)
OliverQ Jan 2019 OP
question everything Jan 2019 #1
mac56 Jan 2019 #2
OliverQ Jan 2019 #4
question everything Jan 2019 #11
Judi Lynn Jan 2019 #3
mpcamb Jan 2019 #28
BumRushDaShow Jan 2019 #5
TeamPooka Jan 2019 #9
BumRushDaShow Jan 2019 #12
mahatmakanejeeves Jan 2019 #16
BumRushDaShow Jan 2019 #25
DeminPennswoods Jan 2019 #22
DeminPennswoods Jan 2019 #23
Blue_Tires Jan 2019 #6
mikeysnot Jan 2019 #7
trueblue2007 Jan 2019 #8
ffr Jan 2019 #10
BumRushDaShow Jan 2019 #13
DeminPennswoods Jan 2019 #21
BumRushDaShow Jan 2019 #24
cstanleytech Jan 2019 #14
BadGimp Jan 2019 #15
NewJeffCT Jan 2019 #18
NewJeffCT Jan 2019 #17
nitpicker Jan 2019 #19
TexasBushwhacker Jan 2019 #20
Power 2 the People Jan 2019 #27
Thomas Hurt Jan 2019 #26
mountain grammy Jan 2019 #29
Aristus Jan 2019 #30
Proud Liberal Dem Jan 2019 #31
titaniumsalute Jan 2019 #32

Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 02:15 PM

1. Please add to the title, in parenthesis, party and state. Thank you

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Response to question everything (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 02:20 PM

2. R-PA

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Response to question everything (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 02:23 PM

4. I put it in my comments, but his party and state isn't in the headline

 

so I'm not allowed to alter to title to add it.

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Response to OliverQ (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 02:59 PM

11. Actually, you are. In parenthesis. Have done it myself


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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 02:20 PM

3. Very much appreciate the bills he passed mentioned in the article.

Sounds very much like a person of conscience.

Not nearly enough of people like him in public life.

Thank you, OliverQ.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 09:32 PM

28. hmmm.

"He withdrew on October 17, 2017,[Trump nomination to be Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, commonly known as the "drug czar"] following reports that he had been the chief architect behind a bill that protected pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors and crippled the DEA's ability to combat the U.S. opioid epidemic"

Sorry to disagree. I think he ran as a 5 term shoe-in to preserve the seat.

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 02:24 PM

5. Here is a WaPo article (I knew his named sounded familiar) -

Republican Rep. Marino of Pennsylvania to resign from Congress

By Mike DeBonis
January 17 at 1:53 PM

Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), who was just elected to a fifth term, announced Thursday that he is resigning from Congress this month to accept a job in the private sector. “As of January 23, 2019, I am officially stepping down from Congress,” Marino said in a statement. “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.”

The former prosecutor was one of the first House Republicans to endorse Donald Trump for president and he was an informal adviser to the candidate. Marino has won handily in his heavily Republican district but faced a new reality as Democratic seized majority control of the House in November.

President Trump nominated Marino to be the nation’s drug czar in 2017, but Marino withdrew from consideration following a Washington Post/“60 Minutes” investigation detailing how the lawmaker helped steer legislation through Congress that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to go after drug distributors, even as opioid-related deaths continue to rise.

Marino’s 12th Congressional District, as drawn by a panel of judges last year, covers a large and deeply conservative swath of north and central Pennsylvania.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/republican-rep-marino-of-pennsylvania-to-resign-from-congress/2019/01/17/2cac921e-1a80-11e9-9ebf-c5fed1b7a081_story.html


ETA - here is where the district is (the huge light purple one - that's how much territory was needed to get to 700,000 or so folks ) -

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 02:45 PM

9. My in-laws are in Lycoming County. Very rural. Quakers in carriages on the roads so you have to be

careful driving.
Guns, beer, and hunting territory
I don't spend much time there and my wife is glad she got out early.
We are in CA.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 03:04 PM

12. One of my BILs' father grew up there

(I think in Susquehanna County). My dad used to go hunting with his father up there.

Went on a road trip up to Niagara Falls (Canadian side) a few years ago and went on I-81 most of the way which cuts through there. Am still trying to get over the windmills on the hills up there!

IMHO, being born and raised in Philly in SE PA, NE PA is "up there".

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 04:04 PM

16. If you fly from National Airport in DC to Toronto, you can see huge spreads of wind turbines

in southwestern New York, not far from the border with Pennsylvania. They're near Jamestown.

Here's an aeronautical chart that covers a lot of the flight:

https://aeronav.faa.gov/content/aeronav/sectional_files/PDFs/Detroit_97_P.pdf

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #16)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 07:03 PM

25. Cool chart!



That whole thing passed me by because the hullaboo over the construction of wind turbines off shore from Cape Cod seemed to get all the attention!

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 06:34 PM

22. Amish are the ones in the buggies

Quakers are a different religion and live the modern lifestyle.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 06:36 PM

23. 12th includes State College and Penn State University

That is probably the largest population center in the district.

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 02:27 PM

6. Getting out one step ahead of the investigation, probably

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 02:27 PM

7. Great now maybe his cushy public sector job can

pay the new election to replace his ass.

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 02:32 PM

8. Gooooooooooooooooo and talk with McTurtle. Take him with you.

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 02:58 PM

10. Will that mean that Tom Wolf gets to fill the vacancy?

Until a special election can be held?

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Response to ffr (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 03:13 PM

13. No I think the seat stays vacant until a special election is scheduled

and that has to be at least 60 days after the governor's declaration (which needs to be done within 10 days) post retirement/resignation. There is already a special election scheduled for at least one state seat for some time in March.

Here are some details for what to expect -

<...>

Marino’s resignation will prompt a special election, in which each party’s nominee will be selected by local party leaders at a nominating conference. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf must issue a writ of election within 10 days of Marino stepping down. The special election must take place no fewer than 60 days after Wolf issues the proclamation.

Marino’s district is solidly Republican. He won re-election last year by 32 points and President Donald Trump carried the 12th District by 36 points in 2016.

A crowd of Republicans is likely to seek the party’s nomination for the open seat. When Marino was initially nominated as drug czar, several Republican names were floated for his old 10th District seat. (The Pennsylvania Supreme Court redrew the congressional map last year, ruling the previous one represented an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.)

Under the old district lines, the Republicans named as possible successors to Marino included state Rep. Fred Keller, Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko, Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare, state Sen. Mario Scavello, Marino’s district director Dave Weber, and state Rep. Jeff Wheeland. McClinko challenged Marino in the 12th District GOP primary last May and lost by 34 points.

https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/tom-marino-resigning-congress

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 06:32 PM

21. Current special election is set for April 2nd, iirc

It's for state legislature, though, to replace Renchenthaler who was elected to Congress.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #21)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 06:56 PM

24. I found there will be a couple others for the state House scheduled for March 12

for PA-114 (Lackawanna County) and PA-190 (here in Philly) - http://www.pahousegop.com/News/Latest-News/Speaker-Announces-March-12-Special-Elections-for-the-114th-and-190th-Legislative-Districts-in-Lackawanna,-Philadelphia-Counties-

(I knew about the one here but wasn't sure when until now)

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 03:22 PM

14. Perhaps it has something to do with this

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/23/paul-manafort-mueller-probe-washington-lobbying-ukraine-austria-423439
If it does I wonder if he will soon be addressed as Prisoner #xxx-xx-xxxx

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Response to BadGimp (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 04:39 PM

18. Marino

is on the Trump transition team???

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 04:38 PM

17. So, Pelosi has a margin that's 1 bigger for now

this is a heavily pro Republican district, though. Marino won by 23% last time out and I would think a special election would be tough for Democrats

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 05:06 PM

19. Are his kids in college or postgrad studies?

That would be a powerful incentive to chase the bucks rather than suffer two ((or more)) years in the minority.

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Response to nitpicker (Reply #19)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 05:14 PM

20. But them why run for re-election

Now PA has to go to the expense of a special election. Nope, doesn't pass the spell test.

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 07:17 PM

26. Must be a scandal in the works.

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 11:22 PM

29. Tied to the opioid crisis. He's caught.

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2019, 09:47 AM

30. Hmm. Is there a whiff of borscht in his retirement announcement?

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2019, 10:09 AM

31. Resigning to spend more time

with his "family" (aka lobbyists)?

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2019, 10:32 AM

32. Dollars to donuts...he'll be indicted for something or

he blew someone or someone blew him or....

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