Senate Bill Would Rename Lake George After Antonin Scalia
By Fred Furnace
Published June 19h, 2016
Photo by Daniel Case
LAKE GEORGE – A conservative state senator this week introduced a bill to rename the state’s most famous lake after recently deceased conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
J. Monroville Clemons, an Onondaga County Republican, sponsored the bill honoring the late jurist, proposing Lake George be renamed “Lake Scalia” in time for the 2017 summer tourism season.
"Justice Scalia was a brilliant judge, but also just a lovely man," Clemons said in a statement announcing the proposal. "I can think of no more fitting tribute than to rename Lake George in his honor. This would have really made him smile."
Scalia — who had no ties whatsoever to the state, and is not believed to have ever even visited Lake George — died this past winter at a resort in Texas. In addition to being a devout Catholic and staunch conservative, he was rumored to have been a possible swinger and likely whoremonger.
Jeff Foxworthy, president of the Greater Lake George Chamber of Commerce, said local officials were never consulted and feel "completely blindsided" by the announcement.
"This plan is totally screwed up," he said. "Let Sen. Clemons rename his home town of Syracuse ‘Scalia-cuse’ if he wants to rename something after Scalia. But leave Lake George out of it."
Foxworthy predicts the area would lose billions of dollars annually if the name change goes into effect.
"Lake George is a favored vacation spot for millions of downstaters, almost all of who are wealthy liberal Democrats,” he explained. “Those people won’t want to come back up here if we rename the place after Scalia. That guy was a complete asshole.”
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the proposal later this summer. Clemons said he is "cautiously optimistic" the bill will pass.
Clemons added he is not done "renaming things after Republicans," noting he is also working on legislation to change the name of Old Forge to “Old Gerald Ford,” Round Lake to “Round Ronald Reagan Lake,” and Dansville to “Dan Quaylesville.”