WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump tweeted this morning Pennsylvania U.S. Congressman Tom Marino (R-10th, Cogan Station) has withdrawn his name from consideration as drug czar. Marino was cited this week as the chief advocate of a law hobbling the DEA’s enforcement against the opioid crisis in a report by The Washington Post and 60 Minutes. Marino spent years trying to move the law through Congress. It passed after Sen. Orrin Hatch, (R-Utah) negotiated a final version with the DEA.
Marino was first floated as a potential drug czar last spring. He cited a family illness as a reason for withdrawing his name for consideration. The White House formally nominated him for the post in September. Today, the President said in a Tweet, that he withdrew his nomination. Cong. Marino isn’t commenting on the news reports or the withdrawal. There is no indication if he will seek reelection in 2018. Several candidates have come forward to say they plan to run for the office next year. (Matt Catrillo)