As the nation's 538 electoral delegates prepare to gather in their respective state capitals on Monday, there are concerns being raised about a Texas delegate known as the ‘faithless elector.’
Christopher Suprun has become the face of those calling for electors, like himself, to vote against the will of the people and vote for someone other than President-elect Donald Trump. It’s an effort to try and keep the president-elect from the 270 Electoral College votes he needs to become the nation's forty-fifth president.
FOX 4 has repeatedly reached out to Suprun over the past month and multiple times the last two days for an in-person or phone interview, but we were told his schedule has been too busy or logistically our request could not be filled.
But Suprun stands by what he says about who he is and where he has served as a firefighter/paramedic.
“I have worked in public safety as either a paid or a volunteer firefighter paramedic for more than nearly a quarter century — more than twenty-four years,” he said in a Sunday news conference.
But whether the faithless elector responded to the attack on the Pentagon on September 11 has been called in to question.
FOX 4 is unable to prove true or false his claims of that and of working as a paid or a volunteer with fire departments he has listed as serving with.
In response to a question through Reddit about his service and about September 11, Suprun wrote:
“You're right. I wasn't in New York on 9-11. I was a part of the response to the Pentagon attacks, as a volunteer member of the Dale City fire department in northern Virginia… I never claimed to be a first responder on 9-11 with the Manassas Park Fire Dept. I was a volunteer firefighter at the time for the Dale City Fire Dept when I responded to the attacks at the Pentagon. Later, I was hired by the City of Manassas Park. I know where I was on that tragic day.”
And Suprun knows where he will be on Monday — not casting a vote as an elector for Donald Trump.
“December 19 is when ballots will be cast, and that’s when I will cast my ballot again for a second Republican, a candidate who I think is more qualified and will assist our nation in the future than Mr. Trump,” Suprun said.
Susan Fischer has worked in the Dallas County Republican Party for 38 years. She says she’s ready to serve as an elector on Monday.
“I am just so disappointed. We know at the state convention the regulations and the rules that pertain to electors. And at that point, we knew Donald Trump was probably gonna be our nominee,” Fischer said. “And so if he wasn’t gonna be a faithful elector, he should never have stood for election.”
Protests like those across the country in the days after the general election are expected at state capitals on Monday. Electors will have DPS troopers to protect them.
“I understand that they are gonna meet us. They’ve told us which parking lot to park in, when we arrive at the Capital, and that we will be escorted into the Capital,” Fischer explained. “I’m as excited as I can be. It’s an opportunity that I’ve wanted to do for a long time — to be a presidential elector. And finally my time has come, and I’m ready to go to Austin.
Texas electors will hear from the governor and lieutenant governor on Monday before gathering in the House of Representatives at 2 p.m. The Secretary of State will preside over their votes.