Congressman Tom Marino owes his constituents an apology — and a refund


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What a slap in the face.

Bravely serving just two weeks in the new session of Congress, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-12th District, has decided he's had enough.

He's resigning to take a job in the private sector. Marino, 66, and his office did not respond to questions about the resignation, The Sunbury Daily Item reported.

Marino, who has survived multiple bouts of kidney cancer, also did not publicly cite his health as a reason for his departure.

So if his resignation is solely for career reasons, Marino owes his voters an apology for wasting their time. And he owes the taxpayers of the 12th District a refund, for making them foot the bill for what's now a pointless election. And now they'll have to go through it again with a special election, where local GOP bigwigs will handpick his potential replacement in the overwhelmingly Republican district.

According to Federal Election Commission data, Marino had $91,992 in his campaign accounts as of Nov. 26, 2018.

If the law allows it, and the cash is still there, that money should be donated to help defray the cost of picking his eventual replacement. There's absolutely no reason the taxpayers of the 12th Congressional District should be expected to subsidize his ambition.

Pennlive.com



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