‘Grim Reaper’ opens committee to cut Ron DeSantis’ political tenure short
Screenshot form "Reaper" ad for Remove Ron political committee.

Grim Reaper ad
Daniel Uhlfelder launched the Remove Ron political committee on Feb. 1

A lawyer who made headlines roaming Florida’s beaches in grim reaper robes just turned his political scythe toward Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Daniel Uhlfelder, a Santa Rosa Beach lawyer, just launched the political committee Remove Ron. The entity will raise funds to “hold Ron DeSantis accountable for his failures as Governor of Florida.”

A launch video, titled “Reaper,” shows video of Uhlfelder as he notoriously stalked Florida’s hottest tourist traps to stress the public health risk of the coronavirus pandemic. A narrator suggests the real target for that media-savvy campaign was in fact DeSantis’ political career.

“He sat back while 26,000 Floridians died from COVID,” a narrator explains over guitar licks for Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.”

From there, the ad takes shots at DeSantis’ reliance on Publix as a vaccination partner and his ties to former President Donald Trump.

“A vaccine scheme designed to reward political donors. Cozying up to rightwing extremists. This is life and death,” the narrator continues. “Join the Grim Reaper and thousands across the country who are ready to say goodbye to Ron DeSantis.”

Records show the Remove Ron committee filed a statement of organization with the Florida Division of Elections on Monday with Uhlfelder as chair and Jason Blank as treasurer.

Uhlfelder has long squabbled with DeSantis, most notably suing the Governor over a failure to close beaches statewide during the early days of the pandemic.

Now he said it’s important Florida voters stop DeSantis from winning a second term and launching to a higher office.

“Governor DeSantis is a danger to Floridians,” Uhlfelder said. “He wants to run for President. We need to stop him in his tracks and that’s why I have started this committee.”

A website lists policy disagreements reaching well past the coast, attacking “precarious shortages of personal protective equipment for frontline workers,” a “100% avoidable breakdown in Florida’s ability to process applications for unemployment insurance,” and a “refusal to admit that Black Lives Matter.”

 

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


17 comments

  • Working mom

    February 3, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Just another loony toon trying to make a name for himself!!

  • Michaelene

    February 3, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Ron DeSantis is the best! We are open …fine! Puts up with no no BS! Have had problems his office has helped. Humans answer! Had he lost to Gillium….a community organizer, druggie….now in rehab….😱😱😱😱😱

  • Paul Passarelli

    February 3, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    We live in a great country where a wannabe Hollywood director of low-budget commercials can attack the best in the nation plan of managing the covid.

    I wonder if he paid the appropriate royalties to BOC for the use of their IP?

  • Kate Deel

    February 3, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Perhaps the “Grim Reaper” should refer to the curves in cases and deaths in Fl vs. NY, CA, MI etc. we are open and have better success with the virus than the states shut down. I guess Mr. Uhlfelder has no regard for the mental health and well being of our residents here in FL and the benefits of staying open

  • M

    February 3, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Yep. We are open but Ron DeLiar has skewed the Florida death numbers in his favor. Why did DeLiar ban state coroners from reporting covid deaths? The ONLY state in the union to do so. If a part time resident, and Florida has a lot, dies IN Florida, it’s not counted toward Florida’s numbers. We will never know the true numbers.

  • Diana kenig

    February 3, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    This grim reaper needs to crawl back to hell where he came from . We love our governor. He helped small businesses stay afloat while Cali, NY turned into a Cesspool during Covid.

  • Steve emerson

    February 4, 2021 at 3:26 am

    Our governor has done a very good job. Black lives do matter but not more than anybody else’s. DeSantis is a Breath of fresh air.

  • Kathy Weaver

    February 4, 2021 at 7:23 am

    Seriously, DeSantis is clone of Trump. Only not as good a liar. He has not had the legislature meet since the shutdown of our state, he has ruled like an authoritarian. For those people who respect life and back DeSantis you are hypocrites. At anytime had DeSantis followed the CDC we could have slowed the infection rate and deaths of COVID-19 and then been able to actually open up safely, improved our economy. The only thing that has saved our economy so fare is the Cares act which didn’t help workers to the extend it went to major big business like Disney who made huge layoffs anyway. DeSantis, has played to the racist, insurrectionists, using Publix’s re-election financial backing to promote their Publix exclusively for vaccines in many areas and limiting vaccines to seniors over 65 and medical staff. What about our first responders, teacher and essential workers? No State wide program until last week, no system to make appointments, endless lines, wasted vaccine and increased infections=deaths. His biggest issue now is being sure Trump(his role model)and the insurrectionist have a platform for hate and violence, so he plans to use government to restrict the policies of private business and legislation to make peaceful protesting a crime, how very conservative and illegal.

  • Dave

    February 4, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Another loser trying to gain attention.

  • Sonja Fitch

    February 4, 2021 at 7:40 am

    Lol Grim Reaper! Kick Duffus Desantis in the ass! Duffus Desantis is willingly slaughtering Floridians! Duffus Desantis awarded racist Publix (only white folks) over a broad base of access for the 💉!

  • Paul Passarelli

    February 4, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Kathy Weaver wrote: “He has not had the legislature meet since the shutdown of our state, …” This is e *GOOD* thing! Mark Twain wrote: “No man’s purse is safe while the legislature is in session.”

    Again. when I joined I thought this was a reasonable community. But I see it’s dominated by Big Government types. So disappointing!

    I chose to move to Florida to escape Connecticut politicians constantly digging in my pockets and *mandating* how I was supposed to think & act.

  • just sayin

    February 4, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    This might be the stupidest thing I’ve read on here, which is a high bar considering Sonja’s posts. The Governor didn’t “ban the coroners from reporting deaths.” The Medical Examiner Commission voted to stop examining every death due to workload issues. It was in a televised meeting. If anything, this led to more deaths being reported because regular doctors (the majority of whom are registered Democrats, btw) are more likely to err on the side of caution and mark a death COVID. Stop having news spoonfed to you. Sweet jesus.

  • Sonja Fitch

    February 4, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    But I want sweet Jesus to spoon feed me. Lol. Another man feeling superior! Lol reeled in another one. Lol

  • Film Producer

    February 4, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    While I am far from being a fan of DeSantis’ handling of the Covid crisis, and am actually the producer doing the documentary film, Killing a State focusing on Florida’s Covid crisis, my personal opinion and belief based on my experience with him is that this guy’s motivation is not for a cause but for his own self-promotion, valuation and attention. I had contacted him about the lawsuit I had filed against the D.E.O and DeSantis and my project a couple months back and he replied back, told me how interested he was and gave me his phone number and after leaving several messages he never once extended the courtesy of a return call. Having attended law school I have to sincerely question why he is still a member of the BAR? as this conduct looks to me in my personal opinion to be a violation of the Cannons of Ethics, dressing up in a grim reaper costume and roaming beaches?? That’s someone looking for attention, not change. Personally, my opinion is that this guy is solely motivated for the attention and far from the real cause and my documentary will reflect that belief. Now he’s asking people to donate to this “committee” to sway people away from re-electing DeSantis???? My question is this now a ploy for him to make money on top of the media coverage and spotlight he has strived to obtain???

  • Copyright Violation

    February 4, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    According to Blue Oyster Cult’s management, although Sony owns the publishing, they did not know nor approve of Uhlfelder’s use of their song in his video??

  • Nancy

    February 7, 2021 at 11:42 am

    BOYCOTT PUBLIX and REMOVE RON. JOIN the Republican Accountability Project.To contribute to billboards. At accountability.gop/billboards Stop the lies, hold them accountable. We owe it to our Democracy.

  • Paul Passarelli

    February 7, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Shop at PUBLIX (boycott Coca-Cola products and choose Publix branded), then contribute $5 to Ron DeSantis’ campaign.

    Keep an eye on all Democrats they tend to lie to get elected, then fail to deliver on their promises as soon as the election is over, because their supporters tend to forget.

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