Grim Reaper lawyer emerges with mobile billboard: ‘Killing Florida With His Stupidity,’ Ron DeathSantis

By: - August 12, 2020 3:46 pm

A truck heads to various locations in Tallahassee, showing a mobile billboard that makes a bold political statement about COVID-19: Credit: Lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder.

A truck is heading to various locations in the state capital of Tallahassee, with a mobile billboard that includes a provocative political statement about COVID-19: “Killing Florida With His Stupidity,” Ron DeathSantis.

FL attorney Daniel Uhlfelder has become a familiar figure on Florida beaches, wearing a Grim Reaper suit and carrying a black sickle to remind residents they’re risking death from COVID-19. Credit: Daniel Uhlfelder.

Known as the ‘grim reaper’ lawyer, attorney Daniel Uhlfelder has pushed for closures of crowded beaches in the Panhandle and gone to court over the issue. Now he’s behind a movement that criticizes Gov. Ron DeSantis’ handling of the public health crisis in Florida.

The ad is sponsored by Uhlfelder’s PAC, Make My Day, and the sign was originally created by a popular comedy duo, Uhlfelder said Wednesday in a phone interview with the Florida Phoenix.

“We are trying to get the word out…if you look at ‘DeathSantis’ it is a pretty effective name,” he said. “This is a deadly virus, and he is not taking it seriously.”

The truck will be en route to various locations in Tallahassee, such as the Florida Department of Education, and other areas, Uhlfelder said. His PAC is raising awareness of the governor’s lack of leadership in the state’s response to the global pandemic, he added.

“This is a driving billboard that’s going all over Tallahassee all day today. It has been at the Governor’s Mansion, the Capitol, I think I saw it at the McDonalds,” he said. “Now that we are the epicenter of this situation, it is really unfortunate that we have to do things like this.”

The comedy group responsible for the sign, The Good Liars, is known for using comedy to create a number of politically-motivated signs and other content posted on social media, slamming President Donald Trump’s administration, other federal officials and media personalities.

Ulhfelder said one of the members of the comedy duo is from Florida and he received the green light from them to display their messaging in his mobile billboard ad on a truck he rented.

“We are working with them on this,” Uhlfelder said. “I got their approval, and they’re good with this, and excited about it.”

The Florida Phoenix reached out to DeSantis’ communications staff for comment on the mobile ad.

“The governor is too busy keeping seniors safe, ensuring college sports get back on the field, and giving districts and parents’ choice on returning to the classroom to notice a van down by the river,” Fredrick Piccolo Jr., communications director, said in an email to the Phoenix.

The Florida attorney had become known for walking state beaches wearing a Grim Reaper suit and carrying a black sickle to remind people they’re risking death from COVID-19, as previously reported by the Phoenix.

“I just want this governor to focus on the health and safety of our state…it is not being taken seriously enough,”  Uhlfelder added.

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Issac Morgan
Issac Morgan

Issac Morgan is a 2009 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Journalism, and a proud native of Tallahassee. He has covered city council and community events at the Gadsden County Times, worked as a sports news assistant at the Tallahassee Democrat, a communications specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and as a proofreader at the Florida Law Weekly.