Texas Republican resigns Electoral College seat over Trump

Art Sisneros, representing Congressional District 36, is resigning from his position three weeks before state electoral votes are cast

BEAUMONT - It's a decision that's left many Southeast Texas voters shocked. Art Sisneros of Dayton is resigning his position in the Texas Electoral College three weeks before they cast their votes for President-elect Donald Trump.

"I started evaluating what as a Christian, for me, what do I think are the qualifications to serve in office. So, I did some study on that and ran it up. And I looked at it, and I came to the conclusion that I didn't think Donald Trump met those qualifications," Sisneros said.

Sisneros explained his decision in a blog post.

"I just think that it's very clear that somebody must fear God, and must be a Christian and must be able to rule justly. And you treat people fairly. And Trump doesn't do either of those things," Sisneros said.

Voters reacted positively and negatively to Sisneros’ decision.

"I've received death threats, I got threats on my job, on my family, I mean, on just everything you can think of," Sisneros said.

Moving forward, the Electoral College will have to pick the next elector to represent Congressional District 36 when votes are cast on December 19th.

Janis Holt, president of the Hardin County Republican Women’s group plans on attending the Electoral College's meeting.

She says she's willing to step in Sisneros' place if the Electoral College picks her.

"I understand and I respect his decision and why he made it, but I think it caused a lot of confusion. But we'll take care of business and make sure that we vote Donald Trump," Holt said.

She believes any confusion will be cleared after the Electoral College convenes in three weeks.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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