CORTLAND, Ohio — A state representative in Ohio is seeking to rename a state park in Trumbull County after former President Donald J. Trump.
State Rep. Mike Loychik (R-Bazetta) announced he will be introducing a bill that aims to rename Mosquito Lake State Park in Cortland, Ohio after the former president to “recognize the triumphs Trump brought over the last four years to this great nation and the Buckeye state.”
With more than 7,000 acres of surface area, Mosquito Lake is one of the largest lakes in Ohio and the surrounding parkland covers 2,483 acres of woodlands and marshes.
Loychik issued the following statement regarding his planned legislation push:
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. I witnessed the unprecedented and astounding support that President Trump received from constituents across the 63rd District and on Mosquito Lake State Park.
“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. I will soon be introducing this bill to recognize the triumphs Trump brought over the last four years to this great nation and the Buckeye state.
“I have more exciting news to come on this initiative, stay tuned!
After Loychick sent out requests seeking co-sponsors for the bill, State Rep. Rich Brown took to Twitter to express his disdain at the idea, outlining several issues facing Ohio and condemning Loychik and those in support of the legislation for “spending their time flattering the Insurrectionist in Chief.”
Ohioans' are struggling with an addiction crisis, economic disruption, and a pandemic that the other guy said would disappear just like magic.— State Rep Rich Brown (@reprichbrown) March 12, 2021
Instead of addressing these pressing issues, Ohio House Republicans are spending their time flattering the Insurrectionist in Chief. pic.twitter.com/cskXVGdKHv
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued the following statement:
Mosquito Lake State Park gets its name from one of Ohio’s largest lakes, Mosquito Creek Lake, which has more than 7,000 acres of surface area.
The name has withstood the test of time- Mosquito Creek Lake was formed by damming Mosquito Creek back in 1944. 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.