(La Porte, IN) - A rubber snake and the elected official who allegedly placed it at the doorstep of another elected official is providing ammunition for more political satire in La Porte County. The latest political cartoon features La Porte County Commissioner Rich Mrozinski beside a giant snake.
Mrozinski is accused of placing the rubber snake inside an envelope and leaving the envelope at the office door of La Porte County Auditor Tim Stabosz during the night in early December.
Stabosz confronted Mrozinski about the toy snake during this week's commissioner's meeting. Attending by Zoom from his vacation home in Florida, Mrozinski told Stabosz he was in Florida when Stabosz found the snake.
After the meeting, Stabosz played a surveillance video of a man fitting Mrozinski's profile going into the La Porte County Administration building at night and carrying an envelope, then exiting the front door without the envelope. Stabosz alleges that Mrozinski caught a flight to Florida after the toy snake was put in front of his door.
Stabosz claims to have felt threatened by the snake because of all the political turmoil this year and recent words by Mrozinski that he viewed as a threat to him and Commissioner Joe Haney. As a result, the Auditor is now asking the La Porte County Council to censure Mrozinski for conduct unbecoming of an elected official.
When reached for comment this morning, Mrozinski declined.
In other LaPorte County meme news, Jeff Miller of LaPorte posted the image of Mrozinski and the snake just days after featuring a cartoon of Mrozinski, Haney, La Porte Mayor Tom Dermody, and Michigan City Mayor Duane Parry floating in a barrel called the S.S. COVID.
The barrel is about to go over what appears to be Niagara Falls. Miller was critical of the elected officials for not imposing mask mandates in public places in response to the latest surge of COVID-19.