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Firefighter Christopher Suprun salutes fans as they cheer, before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Suprun responded to the attack at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

A Republican elector in Texas said he won't cast his vote for Trump 'to defend my country'


President-elect Donald Trump won Texas easily, with 52 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 43 percent. But Republican elector Christopher Suprun won't cast his vote for Trump anyway. He wrote at length in The New York Times on Monday why he opposed Trump, whom he said "shows daily he is not qualified for the office."

Suprun, a former NYC firefighter and paramedic who was a first responder during the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks and founding member of the Never Forget Foundation, implied he will vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich instead

I owe no debt to a party. I owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust.
Christopher Suprun

Suprun cited the Founding Fathers to defend his position, pointing to an argument in the Federalist Papers that the Electoral College should "determine if candidates are qualified." 

Suprun argues Trump's lack of experience, divisive rhetoric and conflicts of interest all disqualify him. 

Fifteen years ago, I swore an oath to defend my country and Constitution against all enemies ... On Dec. 19, I will do it again.
Christopher Suprun

Suprun also criticized Trump's top advisers, including Stephen Bannon (who "lauds villains and their thirst for power") and retired Gen. Michael Flynn ("He installed a secret Internet connection in his Pentagon office despite rules to the contrary. Sound familiar?")

He's not alone. Kind of.

Suprun is the first Republican to join the ranks of the "faithless electors." So far, seven others had announced plans to vote against party lines, all of them Democrats in states Clinton won. 

Another Texas elector, Art Sisneros, resigned rather than vote for Trump. 

This is still seen as generally unlikely to tip the balance in Clinton's favor, as Trump currently holds 306 electoral votes to Clinton's 232. 

Suprun has taken some heat for his decision on Twitter.

He said he would "likely" read all tweets at him to lobby for given candidates.

Is Suprun making the right call by being a 'faithless elector'?

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