Marino Won't be Drug Czar

Congressman says he withdrew, White House says he’s no longer being considered

Rep. Tom Parino, R-Pa, cited an illness in the family in saying he was taking himself out of consideration to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino will not be appointed to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy by President Donald Trump.

A White House Official confirmed to U.S. News & World Report that Marino was no longer being considered, but would not give a reason or address if he had failed a background check.

Marino’s office released a statement late Wednesday citing a family illness.

“I thank the President for the enormous honor of considering me for this lead role in the effort to address one of the most pressing issues facing our nation and my state today: the opioid epidemic,” Marino said.

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