Some Ohio Republican lawmakers on Monday, April 19, introduced a bill to renaming a state park after former President Donald Trump to honor him.
House Bill 261, also known as Rename Mosquito Lake State Park to Donald J. Trump State Park, was introduced by the main sponsor, state Rep. Mike Loychik, who said the bill would honor Trump’s historic support among people in the Cortland, Ohio, community.
This is Ohio Republicans’ latest effort to honor the former president.
“I witnessed the unprecedented and astounding support that President Trump received from my constituents across the 63rd District and Mosquito Lake State Park,” Loychik said of the proposal. “My legislation to Rename Mosquito Lake State Park is meant to honor the commitment and dedication that our 45th president, Donald J. Trump, bestowed upon the great people of Trumbull County.”
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.”
Trump broke the record in the 2020 election when receiving more votes in Ohio than any other nominee in the state’s history. The former president received nearly 55 percent of the vote in Cortland, Trumbull County, where the Mosquito Lake State Park is located.
The state park encompasses over 7,000 acres and is home to one of the state’s largest lakes. Loychik had initially revealed the bill in mid-March, prompting a wave of criticism from Democratic counterparts.
“Ohioans’ are struggling with an addiction crisis, economic disruption, and a pandemic that the other guy said would disappear just like magic,” state Rep. Richard Brown tweeted last month. “Instead of addressing these pressing issues, Ohio House Republicans are spending their time flattering the Insurrectionist in Chief.”
In the past, the Ohio Republican Party has made several attempts to honor Trump. For example, in January, two Republican state representatives Reggie Stoltzfus and Jon Cross suggested renaming June 14 as “President Donald J. Trump Day.”
“Let’s show the 3,154,834 Ohio voters (a record and historic number of votes received for President in Ohio) who cast their ballot to re-elect Donald J. Trump that we as a legislature recognize the accomplishments of his administration, and that the Ohio House believes it is imperative we set aside a day to celebrate one of the greatest presidents in American history,” the representatives said.
Once regarded as a swing state, Ohio has recently been dubbed a “trending red state.” With incumbent Senator Rob Portman’s impending retirement, multiple candidates have entered a competitive primary to defend Ohio’s GOP-held Senate seat in 2022.
Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Ohio GOP Chairwoman Jane Timken, and businessman Bernie Moreno have all declared candidacies. Others, such as Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and author J.D. Vance, are considering running. The primary challengers have aligned themselves closely with Trump, who remains influential among Ohio’s GOP base.
On the Democratic side, Rep. Tim Ryan has expressed interest in a run, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Rep. Joyce Beatty are reportedly considering it.