Donald Trump’s nominee for the position of drug czar has just withdrawn his name from consideration after a media firestorm erupted around revelations he had previously supported legislation responsible for fueling the nation’s opioid crisis. Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) is just the latest casualty of folks who’ve been burned by entering, or trying to enter, the Trump administration.
Per a bombshell investigation by 60 Minutes and The Washington Post, Rep. Marino is a bona fide puppet of the Big Pharma industry in America, having lobbied intensively for their causes over the past few years in a way that’s tangibly worsened our nation’s drug problems. Now, though, he’s been exposed.
Per The Hill:
“Marino was a leader in passing the legislation last year that made it tougher for the Drug Enforcement Administration to stop suspicious shipments of drugs. The pharmaceutical industry heavily lobbied for the bill and showered Marino with campaign contributions.”
Why Trump would’ve nominated this monster in the first place is disgraceful. And what’s even more disgraceful is that Rep. Marino had the opportunity to withdraw his name. If this was Obama—hell, even George W. Bush—Rep. Marino would’ve been fired immediately after the bombshell broke.
But not so with Trump. His initial response was timid at best on Monday, saying, “We’re going to be looking into Tom […] Well, he’s a good man. I have not spoken to him, but I will speak to him and I’ll make that determination.”
Then, after Rep. Marino went ahead and withdrew his candidacy on his own initiative later, Trump only had praise to heap on the outed stooge. He took to Twitter, not to condemn the crooked congressman, but to celebrate him.
“Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!”
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer took the whole fiasco as a chance to highlight, once more, just how terrible Trump’s judgment is. He also called for a serious drug czar candidate who isn’t squarely in the pocket of Big Pharma and who will actually work to solve America’s opioid crisis.
“The opioid crisis demands that the next drug czar is solely focused on getting communities across the country the help they desperately need,” Schumer said. “I hope the Trump administration nominates someone that fits the bill.”
This regime is a revolving door of incompetence. And the buck stops (or doesn’t) with Trump.
In a sense, Rep. Marino would’ve been par for the course. Trump’s bringing in agency directors who are supposed to the do the OPPOSITE of what their responsibilities call for.
Good riddance, we say. Maybe Marino can get a new gig lobbying for Big Pharma. Join us in our crusade to hold these abusers of the American people to account. By clicking ‘SHARE,’ you can make a difference. Help us get the word out