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'Visibly shaken': Marino shares 'additional details' of Pelosi's House tirade

Rep. Tom Marino, (R-PA) said former House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi was "visibly shaken" during Friday's House floor tirade.
Rep. Tom Marino, (R-PA) said former House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi was "visibly shaken" during Friday's House floor tirade.
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As Fox News reported Monday, Rep. Tom Marino -- the Pennsylvania GOP congressman who was chased across the House floor by former Majority House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA), Friday night -- “offered additional details” of what happened during her heated tirade “after he accused Democrats of neglecting the immigration issue when they controlled the White House and Congress in 2009 and 2010.”

"She came up to me wagging her finger and saying that I was a liar, a liar,” Marino said, “and I simply said, 'No, I do my research -- I have my facts straight, perhaps you should try that.'"

“In an unusual breach of decorum,” ABC News reported Friday, Pelosi “chased” Marino “across the House floor, taking offense at comments by the Pennsylvania Republican during debate on the border funding bill Friday night.”

“You know something that I find quite interesting about the other side?” Marino asked as he concluded his comments on the border supplemental. “Under the leadership of the former Speaker [Pelosi], and under the leadership of their former leader [Rep. Steny Hoyer], when in 2009 and 2010, they had the House, the Senate and the White House, and they knew this problem existed,” he continued. “They didn’t have the strength to go after it back then. But now are trying to make a political issue out of it now.”

“Off-mic,” ABC News reported, Pelosi “then approached Marino, crossing the aisle in view of cameras, and apparently challenged Marino’s assertion that Democrats did not do anything about the issue when they had majority control.”

“Yes it is true,” Marino told Pelosi. “I did the research on it. You might want to try it. You might want to try it, Madam Leader. Do the research on it. Do the research. I did it. That’s one thing that you don’t do.”

“Apparently,” Marino said of Pelosi’s heated response to his comments, “I hit the right nerve.”

As Fox News reported further Monday, Marino said Pelosi was "visibly shaken" during the encounter. However, he added that he's "not going to put up with this."

"I'm a former prosecutor,” Marino told Fox News Monday, “and I've been threatened by drug dealers and organized crime and murderers, and 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'm having one of the wealthiest people in Congress say that I'm inconsequential and I'm not important," Marino added.

In an update to Friday's report, ABC News noted that Pelosi spokeswoman Evangeline George said the former House Speaker had “accepted” Marino’s “apology” for the comments he made on the House floor. However, Marino’s chief of staff, Bill Tighe, insisted in an email to ABC News that Marino “did not apologize to Leader Pelosi and does not intend to do so as he has nothing to apologize for.”

“She was entirely out of line in approaching him while he was recognized and delivering remarks on the Floor,” Tighe wrote. “Her staff’s comment in your story about her accepting his apology in simply not true.”

As Examiner noted Sunday, Pelosi “took offense when South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson shouted “You lie” during President Barack Obama's Sept. 9, 2009 speech regarding health care reform to a joint session of Congress.

As The Hill reported Sept. 11, 2009, Pelosi “agreed the House should vote” on “scolding” Wilson unless he apologized -- on the floor of the House – for engaging in such a display of disregard for House rules.

"There was a violation of the rules of the House," said Pelosi’s spokesman, Brendan Daly. "It needs to be resolved by an apology or a resolution."