SUNBURY — U.S. Rep. Tom Marino on Thursday ripped Valley radio show hosts who earlier in the day called the two-term Republican “no-show Marino” on air.
Mark Lawrence, of WKOK, Sunbury, and co-host Joe McGranahan also said Marino didn’t do anything for the 10th Congressional District.
“Sometimes people have to say things that aren’t true to make a living. This,” said Marino, of Cogan Station, “is one of those cases.”
Among the guests on Lawrence’s “On The Mark” show Thursday were former U.S. Rep. Chris Carney, Marino’s predecessor in the 10th District.
“To say we have done nothing means you aren’t paying attention,” Marino said. “Look what we have done for the flooding that took place in the district in 2011. I left Washington, D.C., and came back home as soon as this flooding began. Half the district flooded and my office became a direct line to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.”
Marino was instrumental in helping residents receive bottled water, food and emergency housing.
“People were able to call our office and we were able to coordinate it from the district,” Marino said. “We helped people with rebuilding and we were open 24 hours a day for people to call us. I took calls at home, on weekends and whenever I was needed.”
Marino also spoke about the Central Susquehanna Thruway that is expected to be begin construction in the near future.
“No one person pulled that off,” Marino said. “Everyone contributed. I for the first time brought local, state and federal officials together for a meeting. We were able to get everyone on the same page.”
Marino said he has no objections to answering any questions from anyone.
“What I concentrate is what we accomplish and first and most important is the constituent service we have provided,” Marino said. “That is service for thousands of people and even though it may not be a big deal to some people, it matters to those who were helped. I will continue to serve the 10th District and I will continue to fight for the American people.”