A mayor in Ohio went viral last week after he claimed that allowing ice fishing to take place in his town would lead to "ice fishing shanties," where prostitution would run rampant.

Craig Shubert is the mayor of Hudson, Ohio, or I should say WAS the mayor of Hudson, Ohio, until last night when he resigned over comments made in a city council meeting.

The council was discussing the allowance of ice fishing in their city when Shubert threw out the most out-there and I suppose, worst-case scenario idea.

"If you open this up to ice fishing, which 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?'" Shubert stated. "And if you then allow ice fishing with shanties, then that leads to another problem: prostitution. And now you have the police chief of the police department involved. Just some data points to consider."

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News 5 Cleaveland

According to WKYC, Hudson citizen Michael Whitacre had been ice fishing the same place in Hudson since he was a kid, and was surprised to see signs banning the activity. He was even more surprised (and surely confused) by the mayor's comment.

"We go out there to get away from women," he told the outlet. "There is no reason that it should be this fun to catch 4-inch bluegill through an 8-inch little hole."

Yesterday, Mayor Shubert announced his resignation from his position, saying the comments were made as an attempt at dry humor, but it was "grossly misunderstood."

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.

The Hudson City Council will now work to appoint an interim mayor until the upcoming general election in November.

Read more at WKYC

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