If you live in parts of Centre, Clinton, Potter, Tioga, Northumberland, Montour, or Wyoming Counties, you may not know your Congressman under the new Pennsylvania map, Tom Marino. If you live anywhere else in the new 12th Congressional District, you know him all too well.
Tom Marino is the most crooked Congressman in Pennsylvania. How did he earn the honor?
- He withdrew from his nomination to be the country’s top drug czar after it came to light that he had rammed a bill through Congress that blocked the Drug Enforcement Agency from stopping suspicious shipments of opioid painkillers. Why would Marino cripple the DEA’s ability to fight the opioid crisis, at the same time that people in his own district were dying from overdoses at some of the highest rates in the state? As it turns out, he was making too much money off his own constituents’ suffering to care. He’s raked in more than $155,000 from the pharmaceutical industry in his career, and he’s repaid them by pumping millions of pills into our most vulnerable communities.
- Marino also voted to kick millions of Americans off of their health insurance when he tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That vote would have also cut $800 billion from Medicaid. That money helps pay for addiction treatment and recovery programs for our friends and neighbors here in Pennsylvania who wouldn’t be able to beat opioid addiction without them. Tom Marino doesn’t care if people who are poor or struggling with addiction get sick and die, because he’s raking in huge donations from Big Pharma and the healthcare industry in exchange for even bigger profits.
- In case you still have any doubts about Marino’s ethical standards, check out his career as a prosecutor. He resigned in disgrace as a U.S. Attorney under a cloud of corruption allegations. He had helped his “close friend” Louis DeNaples, a convicted felon, in his efforts to get a casino construction permit—at the same time that Marino’s office was investigating DeNaples for potential mob ties. Before that, Marino served as Lycoming County District Attorney, where he was caught attempting to expunge another friend’s drug conviction behind the county judge’s back.
Tom Marino is a walking ethics scandal. He is completely bought and paid for by massive corporations and ultra-wealthy donors, and has actively worked for their interests at the expense of his own constituents’ lives. The people of the new 12th Congressional District deserve better than another term of the most crooked Congressman in Pennsylvania. I’ll work hard to earn the right to represent you, and not Big Pharma or ultra-wealthy donors, in Washington.