Ohio Mayor Who Went Viral Arguing That Ice Fishing Leads To Prostitution Resigned

Mayor Shubert

Man, one minute, you’re the crimefighting mayor of an Akron suburb, and the next, you’re quitting your job out of embarrassment… what a turn of events.

Craig Shubert, the mayor of Hudson, Ohio, recently argued during a city council discussion on ice fishing safety that the activity could lead to prostitution.

The discussion took a turn towards whether or not ice fishing should be allowed at Hudson Springs Park, and that’s when the mayor delivered this hilarious line of reasoning:

“If you open this up to ice fishing, while on the surface it sounds good, then what happens next year?

Does somebody come back and say, ‘I want an ice shanty in Hudson Springs Park for ‘X’ amount of time?’

And if you then allow ice fishing with shanties, then that leads to another problem… prostitution.”

I mean, it’s straight out of a Saturday Night Live sketch…

And needless to say, ol’ Craig went megaviral on a number of websites for his asinine claim.

But it didn’t just stop at internet famous. As it turns out, he embarrassed both himself, the town, and his colleagues… and has since resigned from his position as mayor.

Councilwoman Nicole Kowalski said people are upset that Shubert “continually embarrasses our town with wild claims.”

In his resignation statement, Shubert blamed the internet for “character assassination,” “personal destruction,” and said his comments were solely based out of concern for the community:

“My comments at Tuesday’s workshop 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.

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.

Some in our community saw this as an opportunity to engage in the politics of personal destruction by means of character assassination, blaming me for the negative international press they helped to promote.”

Welp Craig, can’t win ’em all, eh?

Maybe in your retirement you can take up, I don’t know… ice fishing?

Once again, the internet is undefeated…

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock