Yet Another Trump Nominee Withdraws Under Fire

CBS News reports:

President Trump announced Tuesday that his nominee for drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position. The announcement came following a joint investigation by CBS’ “60 Minutes” and The Washington Post on the opioid crisis.

The report found that Congress helped disarm the Drug Enforcement Administration during the height of the crisis. Marino, R-Pennsylvania, was the chief advocate for the bill at the center of the investigation.

  • joeyj1220
    • Snarkaholic

      Can Pharma-douche do the job from a prison cell?

      • JT

        That’s doubtful. He’ll be very busy entertaining.

        • Dave F.

          I think you mean he’ll be busy BEING entertainment.

    • hudson11

      my favourite season of AHS and Francis Conroy can do no wrong.

      • JAX

        Never! She can never do wrong!

      • JCF

        She’s coming up this week on “Cult”.

        • hudson11

          Hmmmm. What’s your take on this season? I’m not liking it like other seasons, I have to sadly admit

  • Treant

    The headline could also read, “Sunlight Sends Another Roach Under Fridge.”

    • james1200

      Pull him back out from under the fridge and lock his ass up. He, and all those DEA agents that went to work for Big Pharma after shoving this bill thru, should be in jail.

    • crewman

      Not able to withstand scrutiny for an important position in the Administration, but just fine for Congress.

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  • Mark Née Fuzz

    Trump, racking up another win.

    • kanehau

      I have to go back to bed. All this winning is indeed tiring.

  • Sam_Handwich

    All this winning is making me thirsty!!!

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    What’s wrong with nominating Bill Cosby as the head of Women’s rights liaison?

    • Tawreos

      They won’t let him hold cocktail parties, so he is not interested.

    • kanehau

      He’s black. They’ll nominate Harvey Weinstein instead.

      • liondon#iamnotatraitor

        Uggh…ur right.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Can anyone imagine a day where we don’t see that detestable FUGLY mug every fucking minute of the waking day? I never thought I could loathe another (ostensible) human being as much as I do him

    • justme

      But that was why he was elected ..So he can continue to promote himself at every turn…

    • shellback

      I am quite skillful at avoiding all photos of the FUCKING NAZI.

      • Todd20036

        I don’t think we will ever see any photos of that Nazi fucking.
        In fact, I bet even Melanoma barely needs to tolerate him for more than a few minutes.

  • JT

    Rep. Tom Marino, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position

    He thought it would mean free access to his drugs of choice but then found out that was restricted to the Oval Office.

  • olandp
    • Snarkaholic

      It’s actually BI-zarre!

    • Friday

      Kind of: it’s actually Russian for ‘Caesar.’ Like German ‘Kaiser.’

    • TuuxKabin

      “And Now We’re Russia.”

      • hudson11

        and no need for the question mark. Just an exclamation one

        • TuuxKabin

          Thought a period would do. Good morningk.

          • hudson11

            good morning to you as well, good sir.

    • hudson11

      Isn’t that Margaret Hoover? She/s a commentator on CNN, I believe. She’s still RW however.

      • olandp

        What???

  • bambinoitaliano

    The fucking moron gives “three step forward and two step back” a new meaning with his series of incompetent appointments.

    • Snarkaholic

      Or twelve steps back.

      • bambinoitaliano

        In another room there are swarmful of deplorable waiting in line for any title.

  • worstcultever

    No big whoop, as Linda Richman might say. Just scrape the barrel a little deeper for someone even shittier.

    • thatotherjean

      The bottom of that barrel is somewhere around the core of the earth.

  • Tawreos

    It is so sad that all the of Trump’s “best people” keep getting shot down because the White House vetting process stops after the answer to the question “Will you be loyal to Trump?”.

    • bambinoitaliano

      I’m surprise there is still a vetting process in the administration to weed out the obvious.

    • justme

      Stops!!!
      THAT’S the ONLY question..
      Truthless Trump strikes out AGAIN!!

      • greenmanTN

        There is a follow-up question: “Do you promise to gut the department you are appointed to head?”

        • Snarkaholic

          And the final question: How many of your rich friends will donate generously…in exchange for favors?

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            The graft in the republican party is jaw dropping

          • Snarkaholic

            Greed is a horrifying sickness…right up there with cancer.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      No no. These creeps are chosen for their ability to effectively destroy the dept. they will be running.
      AND also their fealty to trumputin

    • Gerry Fisher

      In addition to helping Trump, it’s pretty darn consistent that they are all dedicated to helping corporations and/or themselves and/or their relatives to get rich. Marino would have been a firewall designed to protect the profits of the drug companies.

    • clay

      Turmp– “Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!”
      I.E. “Tom was the first Congressman in PA to endorse me!”

  • Michael White

    “and another one bites the dust, another one bites the dust, another one bites, another one bites…..”

  • Tatonka

    I hear Sheriff Joe is looking for work.

    • Acronym Jim

      He’s probably the contender for the head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

  • GayOldLady

    So consorting with the Drug Companies to keep Oxycontin, Fentanyl, Vicodin, Percocet freely flowing, even though you know 1000’s of people are needlessly being prescribed these meds, is not drug dealing? If this was a 20 something black man he’d be sentenced to prison.

    • If he survived being arrested.

    • Treant

      Some of the argument, and the only part I agree with, is that it will also make it harder to perform proper pain management on people who (like my father) took Oxy until the day they died…of causes unrelated to taking the Oxy. We do have these drugs for a reason, after all.

      Likewise, I’m looking at a septoplasty or, potentially, a full rhinoplasty to fix my damned nose. Noses are sensitive things. Give me the damned Vicodin for a week without a hassle, please.

      • Gerry Fisher

        There was no evidenced that the distribution stoppages affected the ability to deliver medicine to patients who were properly prescribed the drugs. The WaPo article gives excruciating detail about the process. About all it would have done would have required that someone like you or your dad go to a pharmacy other than the one that was distributing millions of pills a year instead of the industry average of 70K.

        “The stoppages make it hard for patients to get their medications” was *exactly* the argument the lawyers made to disarm the DEA. It’s a straw man.

        • thatotherjean

          I profoundly hope so.

      • Karl Dubhe

        After breaking my back I was on Percocet for a while, I don’t remember exactly how long. It wasn’t my doctor that stopped prescribing them, I asked him for something lighter (t3s) then I stopped using even them.

        Back still hurts, from time to time, but I couldn’t stand taking the fucking pills. I hate pills. Despise them. If I were required to take them for the rest of my life, my life would be very short indeed.

        The good thing is that my pain threshold is much higher. After abdominal surgery I took two t3s, then saved the rest of them for later.

        Later came just as I turned 49 and 49 weeks; and got shingles. That fucking hurt….

        • Todd20036

          I had shingles at 15, not fun.
          I take a few pills a day. A probiotic (digestion issues), a couple of muscle relaxants (decades in the gym takes it’s toll), and my HIV med. It’s not bad. No side effects. I’d suggest you be wary of getting off the meds too soon. It doesn’t sound like you have an addictive personality, so I’d bet you really don’t have to worry about going overboard.

          And hey, the more opioids out there, the quicker Rush L dies. So there’s that.

          • Karl Dubhe

            I’d be dead were I pos. 🙁

            My hate for pills is an old one, as a kid I was forced to take ritillen (for hyperactivity)… I can stand to be on anti-biotics, as I know that I’ll not have to do them for more than a week or two.

          • Treant

            You’d be dead if you were me. One pill for the heart (which hasn’t been a problem for twenty years and I’d like to keep it that way). One for the cholesterol. Two for the unstable digestion and eternal gastritis. Two for migraines. Two potassium for the RLS. One magnesium for the migraines. Daily multivitamin. And lastly, a Zyrtec for the fall allergies which will be discontinued once we get a killing frost.

            You do get to the point where you pick them all up, toss them in your mouth, and swallow. No problem.

          • Karl Dubhe

            Probably.

            After the last year or so, leaving this world isn’t something that worries me anymore. Well, other than the exact ‘how’ of leaving it.

      • GayOldLady

        I agree. I have known people who were on Oxy and other narcotics for good reasons. A cousin who had multiple spinal surgeries and is in chronic pain. An Aunt who had end stage Parkinson’s. Both my parents died of lung cancer. Several friends who died of cancer. The problem isn’t the people who take it regularly for chronic pain conditions that aren’t treatable otherwise or the people who need it for palliative care, the problem is the Docs who prescribe it to patients with poorly diagnosed pain or illness with little management of the medicine they’re prescribing. I’ve seen it in my own family. It doesn’t take long to become addicted to Vicodin, Percocet and particularly Oxycontin and Fentanyl and then it changes from battling pain to battling addiction.

        I understand your anxiousness about needing pain meds after surgery. I’ve had numerous surgeries and know that we need pain mgmt to get over the hump. I had a compound fracture right arm and wrist that required surgery and a fixator. I fell down a flight of steps and fractured my 8th thoracic vertebrae, tore a muscle in my back and damaged my diaphragm and hemorrhaged under my diaphragm. I had a hysterectomy, gall bladder surgery, bilateral corneal transplants. My body has been through a lot of trauma. The worst pain I’ve ever had was a very bad case of facial/head shingles. I was on pain meds for 4 weeks. So I’m not a stranger to pain or pain meds. By the way, if you’re in the age group for shingles, PLEASE get the vaccine. It’s pain you can’t believe.

        I hope your surgery goes well, please keep us posted.

        • Treant

          So far, no surgery! The doctor decided on a second (relatively painless) implant.

          • GayOldLady

            Good! I hope that works for you.

      • Hue-Man

        A friend who had nose surgery was given pain relief medication that she sniffed into her nasal passages. She wondered why she felt so great – read the label, cocaine.

        • Treant

          BWAH! I’d love that, and it would certainly dull the pain since the stuff is anesthetizing on contact!

      • thatotherjean

        It’s going to make things really rough for people like me, and your father, with chronic pain, who can either take opioids to get through the day and do what needs to be done, or do without them and stay in bed and suffer. I hope my doctor can keep prescribing them, since I take them, and have taken them for years, according to instructions.

    • ByronK

      With the opioid crisis, it’s not just drug dealing, it’s manslaughter.

    • Gustav2

      Now, now, his constituents will punish him with reelection.

    • Todd20036

      But.. WaPo is fake news. Why is this guy running? He should be suing for libel.
      Right?

      • GayOldLady

        Right!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I saw that segment on 60 minutes. It’s infuriating. Though everybody else involved needs to be called out as well.

  • ColdCountry

    Oh, I think this investigation needs follow up. LOTS of follow up.

  • worstcultever
    • greenmanTN

      LOL! Thanks. When that 2nd dog popped up I about died!

      • Jon Doh

        The second dog has got to be named Gizmo.

    • Lars Littlefield

      I hate chihuahuas, but these two are amusing.

      • JCF

        It’s only bad chihuahua owners, who create bad chihuahuas.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Little dogs creep me out. Something about their warm wiggly bodies . . . I dunno. I prefer dogs I can wrestle with, take hiking, and don’t have to worry about raptors or coyotes grabbing for a snack. Meet Tucker, our multipurpose general use dog who likes to invite burglars and thieves into the house when we’re not home. He’s really friendly. He also robs the blankets at night and likes to fart. 🙂

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b3c76e9220e413b13a9be85af2793086711a6e315decda62d93b113e8a12225f.jpg

          • JCF

            Do I sees me a Wire-Haired Pointer? 😉 Aw.

            I used to be a “big dogs only” person. Since I’ve been walking little dogs lately, I’ve grown fond of them, too. <3

    • thatotherjean

      Oh, that little brown critter is so me in the morning.

  • Charlie 2001
  • another_steve

    President Obama signed into law the controversial provision at issue that Marino advocated.

    Haven’t read the details yet. Anyone know why Obama did that?

  • TuuxKabin

    And voting on the NEA is expected this week:

    https://www.facebook.com/MicMedia/videos/1680303188659131/

    • Jerry Kott

      Thanks. it spooks me to see how ignorance is a virtue and being Civil and Civilized is now a flaw. Too bad that the Arts have been spun to be perceived as a symbol of Classism, that separates us and the primal unity of shared Joy they create, is a dividing line.

      • clay

        Without the NEA, who do they think will be able to afford the Arts?

        • Jerry Kott

          The price for not having the Arts is much higher. I recall reading that Germany spends a large amount per person on the Arts because they learned what the price is for not cultivating them. There are credible studies done on how the creative process helps in childhood brain development. But them again, having a working brain is not necessary in todays culture. It complicates Government’s role in our lives
          The Arts bring that Magic to our lives that make us Human.

        • thatotherjean

          Do they care? I don’t think so.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Artists are a civilization’s canaries in a coal mine. Save the canaries!

  • netxtown

    in light of previous posts…

    money. money. money.
    it’s a rich man’s game….

  • coram nobis

    Our gay elders knew about this a long time ago.
    – – –
    “The police have a vested interest in criminality. The Narcotics Dept. has a vested interest in addiction. Politicians have a vested interest in nations. Vested interest, whether operating through private capital or official agencies, suppresses any discovery, product or way of thought that threatens its area of monopoly.”
    —William S. Burroughs, The Job

    “Paranoia is having all the facts.”
    —Edmund White, The Burning Library

    • Allan_in_SF

      Thank you! Read The Job 40 years ago, and now is a good time to reread it.

  • Pete Wascher

    marino’s activities uncovered by the media. still fake news?

  • Sam_Handwich

    o/t
    i guess this headline was only a matter of time…

    Anthony Scaramucci’s new media venture, The Scaramucci Post, offends Twitter with poll about Jewish Holocaust deaths

    http://www.newsweek.com/anthony-scaramucci-scaramucci-post-holocaust-jews-twitter-poll-686629?utm_content=buffer8ee4c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=ckatz+twitter

    • Ken M

      At least he isn’t going through his new life alone https://pmchollywoodlife.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/anthony-dating-kimberly-after-divorce-vertical.jpg?w=300 Oh, the devastation that is divorce. Looks like he survived and is off and kicking already.

      • Todd20036

        Who’s the silicone and botox lady?

        • AmeriCanadian

          By “lady” you mean attention whore?

          • Mikey

            I presume you can safely remove the word “attention” from that moniker.

        • Ken M

          Her name is Kimberly Guilfoyle. The Mooch is of course denying it. Only been a couple months after all. This pic may help.http://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sjm-guilfoyle-0517-10.jpg?w=467 Yes, she works for FOX.

          • Guess?

            Wasn’t she married to Gavin Newsom?

          • Ken M

            Fun sometimes to waste some time. Yes, in fact she’s been married, and divorced, twice. At one point she was being considered for a position, instead given to Sean Spicer. 😉

          • BobSF_94117

            Her first catch and release.

          • Robincho

            Yes. Fortunately, Gavin came to his senses…

    • Todd20036

      But Twitter isn’t going to block him, is it?

      • Karl Dubhe

        Course not, he brings eyes to them.

        How the fuck do they make money, anyhow? I’ve never seen adverts on twitter.

        • Brian Burleson

          They don’t.

    • The_Wretched

      Historical facts are open to opinion polls?

  • Gerry Fisher

    The WaPo article was very long, but *devastating*. I highly recommend it. The linchpin seems to have been lawyers working for the DEA, getting to know the systemic weaknesses, and then going to work for the pharmaceuticals and distributors, undermining the authority of the DEA. That “using the government-industry revolving door to enrich oneself at the expense of your fellow citizens” thing.

  • Jon Doh

    Look at all his nominees that aren’t good enough for the swamp.

    • thatotherjean

      Not so much that they are too crooked for those positions, but that they were too obvious about it.

  • Friday

    The Drumph regime definitely seems to be deliberately going out of its way to try and appoint people who are against the function of the departments they are proposed to head, and most are those who apparently would be dismissed out of hand by everyone else, possibly to be sure they can be induced to do the blowing-up of those departments.

    • The_Wretched

      All part of Bannon’s plan to destroy the FEDGOV. That man is a traitor and seditionist.

  • alc2018
  • Igby

    He is nothing more than a drug pusher. He should be arrested for what he did, not praised.

  • The_Wretched

    Hmmm, so they were about to put the anti-drug enforcement guy in charge of drug enforcement? That’s a rather consistent pattern for the rest of President Bannon’s appointments.

  • ColdCountry

    While I realize that calling someone in the Dump administration a Czar is perhaps fitting, I thought that was supposed to be a bad/Obama thing?

    • Hue-Man

      Same word, different spelling. Tsar or Царь in the official language of Trump White House.

  • Gene Perry

    Seriously. Aren’t you supposed to vet people before you nominate them? Duh.

    • Trump has people do that for him.

      They vet by saying “how will these people dismantle the government?” and then suggest it to Trump enough times that he thinks it’s his own idea and nominates them.

      • BlindBill

        Or they ask the nominee “have you called [dementia-don] a fucking moron in public yet? Answer no, and you are a nominee

  • Ninja0980

    Let’s hope he gets the boot from Congress as well.

  • Dagoril

    It’s a shame he’s not Louis XIV. Drumpf could just ennoble all of these twats, give them vast estates in the country, and no one would have to pretend that they are qualified to do anything.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Our very own Borin’ Orrin Hatch is boo hoo upset about this. He escorted the legislation that allowed drug distributors to flood pharmacies with tons of opioids (Sheriff Andy-oids and Deputy Fife-oids, too) basically unchecked. And now he’s trying to separate himself from any responsibility. The bretheren and sisteren here behind The Zion Curtain are way pissed.

  • EdA

    “Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!”

    Should this guy not decide to retire from Congress, I think that any Democratic running for the seat should quote this as an endorsement!

  • JWC

    The rats trying to leave the sinking ship are warning others not to board

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I guarantee you he’s too stupid to pick up on it….

    https://twitter.com/sirlthr69/status/920318999249944576

  • boobert

    It’s because these picks have so many skeletons in the closet !

  • SDG

    I am surprised Drumpf did not call him names.