The Republican lawmaker confronted on the floor Friday by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that he’s stood up to tougher characters than the finger-wagging California Democrat.
“I’m a former prosecutor … and I’ve been threatened by drug dealers and organized crime and murderers, and this was a walk in the park,” Rep. Tom Marino, Pennsylvania Republican, said Monday on Fox News.
“I’m not going to put up with this. I don’t talk to people like this,” he said.
Mrs. Pelosi accosted Mr. Marino on the House during debate of the GOP border bills, after he accused House Democrats of failing to address immigration when they controlled the chamber and Mrs. Pelosi was speaker.
Mr. Marino said that Mrs. Pelosi was “visibly shaken” during the encounter.
“She came up to me wagging her finger and saying that I was a liar, a liar, and I simply said, ‘No, I do my research — I have my facts straight, perhaps you should try that,’” he said.
Mr. Marino said that she was trying to belittle him.
“I’m having one of the wealthiest people in Congress say that I’m inconsequential and I’m not important,” he said. “There are some people in Congress who think they are royalty.”
After the altercation, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Pelosi told The Hill that congresswoman “just wanted to remind the congressman that House Democrats had the courage to pass the DREAM Act — and have the courage to stand up for what the American people want: bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform.”
The spokeswoman also said that Mrs. Pelosi had accepted Mr. Marino had apologized. Mr. Marino’s office later denied that claim.