Ohio mayor resigns after suggesting that ice fishing could lead to an increase in prostitution

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HUDSON, OH – When things do not make sense, sometimes it is simply because they do not make sense.

Such appears to be the case with a now-retired mayor in Ohio, who inexplicably linked ice fishing with prostitution at a recent City Council meeting.

Ice fishing is a popular pastime in Ohio.  Anglers avail themselves of a network of man-made and natural lakes, which, according to Planetware, offer up “winter walleye, perch, pike, saugeye catfish, bluegill and other species.”

At a February 8 Hudson City Council meeting, council members discussed a request by members  of the community to be allowed to ice fish on nearby Hudson Springs Lake.

According to Cleveland.com, some members were concerned about the city’s liability in the event of an accident.

The publication noted:

“some officials worried aloud whether someone could fell [sic] through the ice and the city could be held liable, and whether paramedics, firefighters and police would face an additional burden.”

During the meeting, Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert appeared to agree with these concerns.

In the video below, he can be heard to say:

“It is the Fire and EMS folks, and perhaps the police department, that all have to engage on a moment’s notice, should there be an incident.”

Next, however, Shubert segues into a head-scratcher of a statement, saying:

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

“Does someone come back and say, ‘I want an ice shanty on Hudson Springs Park for x amount of time.’?

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

“Prostitution.”

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While the council member sitting next to him appears rather stunned, he continues:

“Now you’ve got the police chief and the police department involved.  Just data points to consider.”

According to the Washington Post, much “online derision followed” this statement.

One Hudson City Councilwoman, Nicole Kowalski, stated that “people were upset that Shubert ‘continually embarrasses our town with wild claims.’”

Previously, Shubert had made headlines for calling for a local school board to resign over what he said was “essentially child pornography in the classroom.”

According to NBC News, the book in question was a collection of writing prompts called “642 Things to Write About” that was used in a senior creative writing class for college credit at Hudson High School.

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The book included some frankly eye-opening prompts, including:

“Choose how you will die.”

“Write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom.”

“You have just been caught in bed by a jealous spouse. How will you talk your way out of this?”

Although many agreed with Shubert’s stance against the book, further local controversy evidently still arose when, according to the Cleveland Scene, death threats were made against members of the school board.

According to Cleveland.com, County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh declared that the writing prompts were not child pornography.  

Walsh “also determined that Shubert should not be charged after her office led a probe into whether he could face criminal penalties for disrupting a public meeting and inciting panic over the threats to public officials that followed.”

In the wake of ridicule over his ice fishing/prostitution comments, Shubert elected to resign February 14, 2022.

Shubert explained on his campaign website that the prostitution comments were based on “concern” and were an attempt at humor.

He wrote:

“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.”

He added:

“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.”

Shubert also indicated that he had been giving retirement some thought, and that it was time to step down:

“Since the passing of my wife, First Lady Sherri Moyer, I have given considerable thought to the next stage of my life. Retirement is on the near horizon.  

“With the recent changes on city council, where six of seven seats have turned over, City Hall is entering a new era.  My role as a change agent is complete.  

“Hudson has a stronger financial and economic base than ever before, and major road improvements are being completed. 

“I have, therefore, decided to step down as mayor to allow for new leadership, a clean slate, and a path forward.”

In a statement put forth by the city of Hudson, Council President Chris Foster said:

“City Council appreciates the time and dedication that Mayor Shubert has put in to serving the citizens of Hudson. 

“We respect his decision and wish him the best in the future.”

According to Cleveland.com, the Hudson City Council will select a temporary replacement for mayor, who will serve until a new mayor is elected in November 2022.

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Mayor tells school board “resign” or “be charged” over book that asks students to write pornographic scenes

Originally published September 16, 2021

HUDSON, OH – During a school board meeting earlier in September, the Hudson mayor – among other concerned parents – issued a stern warning to the school board members over a controversial writing prompt book used by students at Hudson High School that has some prompts about writing pornographic fantasies: resign or faces criminal charges.

The reason being, the mayor said during the meeting, was that he consulted a local judge that felt as though the contents of the book were “essentially what is child pornography in the classroom.”

The September 13th Hudson Board of Education meeting was filled with both angry parents and even Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert, which the outrage stemmed from a book titled “642 Things to Write About”, which had been distributed to students in Hudson’s high school senior College Credit Plus writing class.

One of the parents in attendance, Monica Haven, described some of the writing prompts featured in the book given to students by educators at the high school:

“Write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom. Rewrite the sex scene from above into one that you let your mom read. Describe your favorite part of a man’s body using only verbs.”

Morris Norman, another parent attending the meeting, proclaimed that the book was effectively a means to “sexualize” their children:

“Do not sexualize our kids! The raw filth that snuck past the gatekeeping functions of this board of ed. in ‘642 Reasons’ was disgusting.”

Norman also noted that students were told not to take the book home, which made her question if someone within the school was already privy to the objectionable content contained within and wanted to leave parents in the dark:

“The students were told not to take the book home. Why? So their parents couldn’t see it.”

However, apparently one student brought the book home and a parent discovered the contents, according to vice-chair Amanda Kocher of Moms for Liberty Summit County, which is a group dedicated to advocating parents’ rights.

Hudson High Principal Brian Wilch apologized during the board meeting, acknowledging that the book clearly was not properly vetted before being handed off to students:

“We did not exercise due diligence when we reviewed this resource. And as a result, we overlooked several writing prompts among the 642 that are not appropriate for our high school audience.”

According to a review for the book on an active Amazon listing, the confirmed purchaser noted that the writing prompt book is “meant for older writers”:

“This book is meant for older writers. Some of the prompts are to describe your first sexual experience and to talk about a time you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t…This book is not really appropriate for young people, either because the themes would be inappropriate or because they would not have had the experience yet to imagine it.”

Hudson Mayor Shubert delivered the harshest of words during the school board meeting, giving the entire school board an ultimatum to either resign or possibly face legal consequences:

“It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom. I’ve spoken to a judge this evening. She’s already confirmed that. So I’m going to give you a simple choice. You either choose to resign from this Board of Education or you will be charged.”

The outage from parents is reasonable, as some of the other writing prompts contained within the book suggested students “Write an X-rated Disney scenario”, “Drink a beer. Write about the taste”, and “Describe a time when you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t.”

Hudson City Schools Superintendent Phil Herman released a statement in response to the matter, noting that “this writing resource should not be in the hands of our students” but proclaimed the more objectionable content within the publication were never “assigned as part of the class.”

As of this writing, no school board officials have resigned regarding the matter.

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Report: Democrat recruit in Ohio swing district put together proposal to defund the police amid a spike in homicides

Originally published January 26, 2022

CINCINNATI, OH- According to a report from the Washington Free Beacon, a top Democratic Party councilman who is expected to run for Congress in an Ohio swing district allegedly wrote a proposal to defund the Cincinnati police amid a spike in homicides.

During the summer of 2020, Cincinnati city councilman Greg Landsman wrote a motion to pull nearly $200,000 from the city’s police budget to help fund the Citizen Complaint Authority (CCA), an independent group that investigates law enforcement officers.

His proposal came as Cincinnati was experiencing an unprecedented number of homicides with an all-time record high of 94 murders in 2020, which was six more than its previous high of 88 in 2006.

Reportedly, one fatal shooting occurred just two days before Landsman unveiled his proposal and just weeks later, the city suffered its fourth double homicide of 2020. On Thursday, January 6th, Landsman announced that he is running for Congress.

His proposal to defund the police apparently did not deter the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) from recruiting the councilman to challenge Ohio Republican congressman Steve Chabot this coming November.

In December 2020, Landsman confirmed to the Cincinnati Enquirer that the national Democrats asked him to run against Chabot in the state’s First Congressional District, which is a swing seat that the DCCC has identified as a top target.

Weeks later, Landsman announced his campaign.

Ohio mayor resigns after suggesting that ice fishing could lead to an increase in prostitution

In 2020, Committee chairman Sean Patrick Maloney stated that Democrats do not support defunding the police and dismissed the notion as a “Republican talking point.”

During a June 2020 interview with WLWT, which was at the height of the “defund the police” movement, Landsman defended his controversial motion.

He said in a statement:

“The question that I think we’re all going to have to wrestle with is, ‘what does public safety look like now and what does it need to look like?’ I believe the changes that are absolutely public safety-related, which these are, should come from the public safety budget, should come from the police budget.”

At the time, Mayor John Cranley said that he supports funding the CCA, but from the general fund, not from the police budget. Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police president Dan Hils said in a statement:

“I think defunding the police is a terrible idea and one that I think would have effects on the citizens themselves. Our police department is way ahead of the game, a leader in police community relations all across the country.”

Regarding his proposal, Landsman said:

“Part of this is shifting the mindset away from, ‘we are the best’ or ‘we’re one of the best in the country’ to ‘we are going to be the best at getting better.”

Landsman’s support for the “defund the police” movement is unlikely to impress local voters.

According to a 2020 Quinnipiac poll, 82 percent of Ohio voters “approve of the way police in their community are doing their job.”

Ohio Republican Party spokeswoman Tricia McLaughlin, a Cincinnati native, called Landsman’s proposal “disturbing,” adding:

“Under Democratic leadership, Cincinnati is experiencing record-high homicides, violent crime rates three times Ohio’s and double the nations, and a 64 percent increase in murders in April 2021.

Instead of prioritizing law and order, Democrat elites like Greg Landsman advocate for defunding Cincinnati’s police.

Landsman and his liberal buddies are not the ones hurt from these disturbing policies, it’s the poor and disadvantaged who will suffer.”

Landsman is so far the only Democrat to launch a campaign against Chabot. In 2020, the Republican secured re-election by seven points.

However, it is unclear how his district will change between now and November as the Ohio Supreme Court has yet to sign off on the Ohio Redistricting Commission’s latest map.

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