A planned fundraiser for U.S. Senator Josh Hawley in Florida in February was canceled on Saturday when the hotel chain Loews Hotels decided to back out of the event.
Loews’ cancellation was one of the latest examples of the aftermath of Republicans following the January 6th uprising in the US Capitol in Washington.
It came after Florida liberal attorney Daniel Uhlfelder received a flyer for the Hawley event and posted it online. He called Hawley a “traitor” and asked the hotel chain why he was supporting the Missouri Republican.
Uhlfelder praised Loews’ decision, saying the company “did the right thing” by rejecting Hawley, who was part of the GOP lawmakers who led efforts to oppose Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over President Trump over the electoral college.
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“It’s good corporate responsibility,” said Uhlfelder, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Loews owns the Portofino Bay Hotel in Universal Orlando, where Hawley was slated to be the main guest at a family-oriented event organized February 12-15 by Fighting for Missouri, a group that raised more than $ 272,000 for the last year Senator Sentinel, had collected reported.
After Uhlfelder put the flyer online, Democratic lawmakers and anti-Trump groups put pressure on the hotel chain, the Sentinel reported.
Critics included US Representative Anna Eskamani, D-Fla., And The Lincoln Project, a group of anti-Trump Republicans, according to the newspaper.
Uhlfelder caught media attention in May when he dressed as a Grim Reaper and visited Florida beaches to shame visitors and criticize Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for not closing down recreational areas amid the coronavirus pandemic would have.
The attorney later took criticism himself when he was discovered during overcrowded protests by George Floyd in June.
Earlier this month, Hawley lost a contract with the publisher Simon & Schuster, which canceled Senator’s book “The Tyranny of Big Tech” after the January 6 riot.
Hawley blew up the ruling and accused the publisher of bowing to the “guard mob”.
On an open Wednesday, Hawley also pushed back the notion that he helped spark the violence on Jan. 6.
“Much of the media and many members of the Washington establishment seek to mislead Americans into thinking those who have raised concerns and cause violence by simply expressing concern,” wrote Hawley, in Southeast Missourian. “But democratic debates are not mob violence. That way we avoid this violence.”
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Meanwhile, former employees of Claire McCaskill – the Democrat Hawley defeated for his Senate seat in 2018 – have formed a super-PAC to oust Hawley in 2024, Politico reported. The anti-Hawley group is called JOSH, for Just Oust Seditious Hacks, the report says.
If the Hawley camp was intimidated by the move, it didn’t let up.
“We expect Claire McCaskill and her team to be as effective with this campaign as they were with the last,” Hawley spokeswoman Kelli Ford told Politico. “They wasted – and lost – more than $ 60 million in 2018 after Missourians rejected McCaskill’s failed liberal policies.”