He’ll Have More Time To Ice Fish And Build Shanties Now.

We posted the other day about Mayor Craig Shubert of Hudson Ohio who claimed allowing ice fishing on the Hudson City lake would lead to prostitution.

Shubert has now resigned.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert resigned Monday, less than a week after drawing international attention and ridicule to the upscale Summit County community when he suggested that allowing ice fishing could lead to prostitution.

Shubert submitted a one-sentence letter to the city’s clerk of council to formally step down.

In a longer statement on his campaign website, he claimed that his comments at a Feb. 8 City Council meeting “were made out of concern for our community; what could become of unintended consequences of new legislation, based on my prior television news reporting experience.”

He also now says he was trying to be funny.

“My attempt to inject a bit of dry humor to make a point about this, in the midst of a cold, snowy February, was grossly misunderstood,” he wrote.

Despite the attention, the 65-year-old said retirement was on his mind, especially after the death of his wife in September. The mayor, elected in 2019, said that “my role as a change agent is complete,” citing what he sees as the city being on stronger financial footing and in-progress road work.

But that was not what grabbed headlines over the past year.

At last week’s meeting, while discussing requests to ice fish on Hudson Springs Lake, some officials worried aloud whether someone could fell through the ice and the city could be held liable, and whether paramedics, firefighters and police would face an additional burden.

Shubert had another concern.

“If you open this up to ice fishing, while on the surface it sounds good, then what happens next year?” Shubert asked. “Does someone come back and say, ‘I want an ice shanty on Hudson Springs Park for X amount of time?’ And then if you then allow ice fishing with shanties, then that leads to another problem: prostitution. And now you’ve got the police chief and the police department involved.”

If Shubert was trying to be funny as he claims, he misread the room to say the least.

The nationwide ridicule on himself, his office and the City of Hudson wasn’t funny in the long run.

At least now he’ll have time to do some research on ice fishing, shanties, and prostitution.

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