In an unusual breach of House decorum Friday, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., crossed the chamber to give Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., a dressing down, reportedly calling the congressman an “insignificant person.”
“I’m a former prosecutor,” Marino said. “I was a state prosecutor and U.S. attorney. I’ve been threatened by drug dealers and organized crime and murderers. This was a walk in the park. I’m not going to put up with this. I don’t talk to people like this. I was raised by my father to be a gentleman, and I was a gentleman during this whole incident.”
The showdown between the two lawmakers occurred after Marino accused congressional Democrats of failing to address immigration reform even when they had majorities in both the House and Senate back in 2009.
“There are some people in Congress who think they are royalty,” Marino said of the confrontation.
“I’m having one of the wealthiest people in Congress saying I’m inconsequential and I’m not important. And that comment was made not just to me but to my constituents and to the middle class, hardworking people across the United States. I’m not afraid to speak up. I’m a street fighter,” he added.
Shortly after House business concluded Friday, Marino addressed the ordeal on Twitter:
Rep. Pelosi called me an 'insignificant person' on the Floor of the House. I'll ponder that for a while driving to Williamsport tonight...— Rep. Tom Marino (@RepTomMarino) August 2, 2014
...of course I'll be driving myself, with no staff or security. And I'm just a country lawyer who worked in a bakery until he was 30...— Rep. Tom Marino (@RepTomMarino) August 2, 2014
...so maybe I am not significant enough to question the former Speaker. But why then did she get so bothered by my comments?— Rep. Tom Marino (@RepTomMarino) August 2, 2014