Marino unqualified

It appears Rep. Tom Marino is planning on running for his seat in Congress again in 2018. In October, Rep. Marino had to withdraw as President Trump’s nominee for drug czar after news reports that the pharmaceutical industry contributed close to $100,000 to his campaign while he shepherded a law making opioids more easily accessible in the midst of a national crisis.

The new law, Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, makes it virtually impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from the companies by allowing the DEA to immediately prevent drugs from reaching the street. This means that corrupt drug companies can, and do, things like sell nine million pills to a drug store in a community with a population of 350 people. So these pills do reach the street.

If Marino is not fit to be drug czar, and he is not, then he is unfit to be our Representative. So, are we, the people of his district, going to hold Marino accountable.

Marino’s district stretches from the Susquehanna Valley to the Delaware Water Gap, on the New Jersey border, and was drawn to favor Republicans. It is close to impossible to oppose a Republican in the 10th. So, unless there is a really strong Republican to challenge Marino in the Primary, we will most likely have Marino back in his office again next year, and every election thereafter, unless our Legislature changes the Gerrymandering laws.

Vicki Smedley

Jersey Shore

Submitted by Virtual Newsroom