HARRISBURG - Congressman Tom Marino has been reported by national media to be under serious consideration for an appointment by President Trump as the next director of national drug control policy.
Marino, who is a Republican, is in his fourth term serving the 10th District of Pennsylvania. His district includes both Wayne and Pike counties.
A request for comment from Marino’s press office has not been returned.
An Associated Press story by Mark Scolforo reported quoted Val DiGiorgio, chairman, Pennsylvania Republican Party, as saying, “He looks likely, based on my conversations with the White House and folks in Marino’s office.” An announcement was expected from the White House “any day now,” DiGiorgio said, according to the AP report.
CBS News first reported Marino was in line for the appointment.
Marino was an early supporter of President Trump during the latter’s campaign. Marino is a former county prosecutor who served as U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania’s Middle District under President George W. Bush. He lives near Williamsport.
The AP reported that DiGiorgio said Marino would be able to draw from a background in law enforcement as well as connections in the Capitol.
Rep. Garth Everett, a Republican who once was an intern under Marino when he was Lycoming County’s head prosecutor, stated interest has been stirred among potential candidates, should Marino’s congressional seat become available.
“I think that his experience as a prosecutor, practical experience with those kinds of things, he’s almost the perfect person to be involved” in national drug policy, the AP quoted Everett as stating.
If Trump taps Marino for drug czar, he would be the fifth member of the House to join the administration. They include:Georgia Rep. Tom Price - secretary of Health and Human Services South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney - Office of Management and Budget director Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke - Interior secretary Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo - CIA director.
Trump picked the former Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.