A planned February fundraiser in Florida for U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley was canceled Saturday as resort chain Loews Hotels decided to pull from the event.
The Loews cancelation was among the latest cases of fallout confronting Republicans following the Jan. 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
It came following liberal Florida lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder obtained a flyer for the Hawley occasion and posted it on the internet, referring to Hawley as a"traitor" and requesting the hotel chain why it had been encouraging the Missouri Republican.
Uhlfelder commended the Loews decision, saying the company"did the ideal thing" by canceling Hawley, who was one of the GOP lawmakers leading the attempt to oppose Democrat Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump.
Loews owns the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, where Hawley was to be the featured guest in a family-oriented event Feb. 12-15 organized by Fighting for Missouri, a group that raised more than $272,000 for the senator this past year, the Sentinel reported.
After Uhlfelder published the flyer on the internet, Democratic lawmakers and anti-Trump groups put pressure on the resort chain, the Sentinel reported.
The critics contained U.S. Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Fla., along with The Lincoln Project, a bunch of anti-Trump Republicans, according to the newspaper.
Uhlfelder attracted media attention in May when he dressed as the Grim Reaper and visited Florida shores to pity people and criticize Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for not closing the recreational regions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The lawyer later took criticism if he had been seen at packed George Floyd protests in June.
Earlier this month, Hawley lost a deal with writer Simon & Schuster, which canceled the senator's book,"The Tyranny of Big Tech," following the Jan. 6 riot.
Hawley blasted the conclusion , accusing the publisher of bowing to the"woke mob."
In an op-ed Wednesday, Hawley also pushed back at the notion that he had helped incite the violence on Jan. 6.
"Much of the media and many members of the Washington establishment wish to deceive Americans into believing those who raised concerns incited violence, simply by expressing the concern," Hawley composed at the Southeast Missourian. "But debate isn't mob violence. It's in fact the way we prevent that violence"
Meanwhile, the former staffers of Claire McCaskill -- the Democrat whom Hawley defeated because of his Senate seat in 2018 -- have formed a super PAC with an eye toward ousting Hawley at 2024, Politico reported. The anti-Hawley group is called JOSH, for Just Oust Seditious Hacks, the report stated.
If the Hawley camp had been intimidated by the movement, it was not letting on.
"We expect Claire McCaskill and her team will be effective with this effort as they were using the final," Hawley spokeswoman Kelli Ford told Politico. "They wasted over $60 million in 2018 -- and lost -- after Missourians refused McCaskill's failed liberal policies."