COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A GOP-backed invoice launched Monday would change the title of an Ohio state park to honor former President Donald Trump.
The invoice primarily sponsored by freshman state Rep. Mike Loychik to rename Mosquito Lake State Park to Donald J. Trump State Park is the newest try by Ohio Republicans to honor the previous president.
“This legislation is meant to honor the commitment and dedication that our 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, bestowed upon the great people of Trumbull County,” Loychick wrote in an preliminary assertion.
He added, “This enthusiasm for our former president was also historic throughout the state of Ohio last November as he pushed for initiatives and policies that was very well-received with my constituency and the state.”
While Trump misplaced the 2020 presidential election, he received Ohio with extra votes than any candidate in state historical past.
The state park proposal is simply the newest indication of Trump’s affect in politics over the GOP occasion in Ohio — whether or not within the measured approaches of it over institution Republicans like Gov. Mike DeWine, who is anticipated to run for reelection subsequent yr, or within the many right-wing candidates vying for the occasion’s nomination for Sen. Rob Portman’s seat.
In Trumbull County, the place the Mosquito Lake State Park is positioned, Trump received almost 55% of the vote in November.
The state park is positioned in Cortland, Ohio, with greater than 7,000 acres, and one of many largest lakes within the state. Loychik had initially introduced his plans for the invoice in mid-March, leading to a wave of criticism from Democratic colleagues.
“Ohioans’ are struggling with an addiction crisis, economic disruption, and a pandemic that the other guy said would disappear just like magic,” Democratic Rep. Rich Brown tweeted on March 12. “Instead of addressing these pressing issues, Ohio House Republicans are spending their time flattering the Insurrectionist in Chief.”
The state would want $300,000 allotted to vary the indicators within the park, in response to the invoice language.
A message searching for remark was left Tuesday with Loychick.
Also in response to the invoice, the state Department of Natural Resources defended the title of the park.
“The name has withstood the test of time. Mosquito Creek Lake was formed by damming Mosquito Creek back in 1944,” the assertion learn. “Since then, Mosquito Lake State Park has become one of Ohio’s best state parks, best fishing lakes, and has one of Ohio’s most important wildlife refuges.”
The first proposal launched by Republican legislators in honor of Trump sought to declare his birthday, June 14, as Donald J. Trump Day in Ohio.
While it’s not unusual for states to show the birthdays of former presidents into paid holidays or days of significance, that designation is normally bestowed after demise. More than 40 states, together with Ohio, acknowledge Ronald Reagan Day.
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