Rep. Marino: We Will Be Vigilant, Cautious During Public Events
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Renita Fennick Jan. 9, 2011
WASHINGTON – Saturday’s tragic assault on an Arizona congresswoman will not change U.S. Rep. Tom Marino’s plans to spend most of his time working with his constituents in the 10th District.
Marino on Sunday said he will be “vigilant and cautious” about public events, adding: “In no way will it prevent me from traveling the district, meeting with my constituents and taking care of their needs.”
Marino said he was shaken and saddened by Saturday’s shooting which critically injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others and left six dead including a member of Giffords’ staff, a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.
“My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who died in this senseless attack,” Marino said. “I ask the people of the 10th District to pray with me for the full recovery of those who were injured.
“We are a strong people,” he said. “Our resolve will enable us to come back with an even stronger desire to serve the public.”
Marino, along with all other members of the 112th Congress, was briefed Sunday afternoon about security measures involving their activities in Washington and their respective districts.
One change that Marino’s office will implement, according to District Director Dave Weber, will require the congressional office to notify local law-enforcement officials and the county district attorney when a public event is scheduled in the district.
Marino said he and his staff would follow the procedures and guidelines that are being formulated by the Capitol Police and the congressional Sergeant-At-Arms. The D.C.-based groups will continue to update congressional workers on any new provisions.
“We will do what we are advised to ensure the safety of the constituents and my staff but I continue to look forward to spending most of my time in the district, meeting with my constituents and serving them,” Marino said.