Matt Gaetz is radioactive in the Republican party right now. After it was revealed that he was being investigated for sex trafficking, very few of his colleagues spoke on his behalf. Even Donald Trump, who Gaetz has been extremely loyal to, has remained mum on the subject.
When a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building on January 6th, no one was necessarily safe. While the insurrections were nominally Republicans, many of them hoped to inflict damage on Conservatives like Vice President Mike Pence.