- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Republican elector in Texas says he will not cast a vote for President-elect Donald Trump when the Electoral College meets on Dec. 19.

Christopher Suprun, a Texas paramedic who said he served as a firefighter in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, wrote an op-ed for The New York Times on Monday urging electors to unify behind a “Republican alternative,” such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Mr. Suprun said Mr. Trump has driven a wedge between the American people and continues to “stoke fear and create outrage.”

“This is unacceptable,” he wrote. “The United States was set up as a republic. Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states’ votes. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards. Given his own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him.

“I have poured countless hours into serving the party of Lincoln and electing its candidates. I will pour many more into being more faithful to my party than some in its leadership. But I owe no debt to a party. I owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust,” he wrote. “Fifteen years ago, I swore an oath to defend my country and Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. On Dec. 19, I will do it again.”

Mr. Suprun will cast his vote along with the 537 other electors from every state and the District of Columbia on Dec. 19. Texas, unlike many other states, does not require electors to vote for whoever won the state’s electoral votes. In order for Mr. Suprun to achieve his goal, 36 other electors planning to vote for Mr. Trump would also have to abandon their vote for him, CNN reported.

Mr. Kasich issued a statement Tuesday afternoon asking electors not to vote for him.

“I am not a candidate for president and ask that electors not vote for me when they gather later this month,” he said. “Our country had an election and Donald Trump won.

“The country is divided and there are certainly raw emotions on both sides stemming from the election,” he said. “But this approach, as well meaning as it is, will only serve to further divide our nation, when unity is what we need. The election is over. Now is the time for all of us to come together as Americans.”

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