Tom Marino may have very good personal reasons for abandoning his job as a congressman, but his abrupt resignation just weeks into his fifth term is a slap in the face to his constituents.
Marino, who won re-election in November to represent the newly drawn 12th Congressional District that covers all or parts of 15 counties in central Pennsylvania, announced Thursday he’ll resign effective Wednesday to take a job in the private sector where his legal and business expertise may be used. No other details were provided.
Once out of public office, the congressman’s personal job isn’t necessarily of anyone else’s concern. But in resigning from such a prestigious public office, just months after a critical nationwide election that affected the makeup of the U.S. House of Representatives, and with the majority of his two-year term remaining — the public deserves more information.
Another detriment is the cost to Pennsylvanians of a special election that will now be required.
The lack of information from Marino leaves unanswered the question of how long ago he knew about this private-sector job opportunity — not to mention what it is, for whom he’ll be working and if his qualifications for the position are in any large extent tied to his experience in Congress.
It also leaves critics with plenty of room for speculation as to why someone in such good favor of the president, and who was easily re-elected, would abruptly resign.
We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that it was a recent offer. But regardless of that circumstance and the answers to the other questions above, his decision seems to have excluded any consideration for, not just those who voted him into office, and supported his campaign financially, but all of his constituents.
(The 12th Congressional District includes, in Northumberland County, Jordan Township, Washington Township, Delaware Township, East Chillisquaque Township, Herndon, Jackson Township, Lewis Township, Little Mahanoy Township, Lower Augusta Township, Lower Mahanoy Township, McEwensville, Milton, Northumberland, Point Township, Riverside, Rockefeller Township, Rush Township, Shamokin Township, Snydertown, Sunbury, Turbot Township, Turbotville, Upper Augusta Township, Watsontown, West Chillisquaque Township and part of Upper Mahanoy Township,. It also includes all of Bradford, Clinton, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union and Wyoming counties, and part of Centre County.)