LEMOYNE, Pa. (WHTM) – Take a look around Dick Stewart’s law office and his political leanings are pretty clear.
Photos adorn every wall; Stewart with George Bush and George W. Bush.
Others show him smiling with Chris Christie, John McCain, Bob Dole, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney; a veritable who’s who of the GOP over the past quarter century.
Stewart is a Republican elector who can’t wait to vote when electors gather in Harrisburg on Dec. 19 to make the Trump victory official.
“I believe in Donald Trump,” Stewart said enthusiastically. “I worked very hard for his election and I believe the best man won the job.”
But in Pennsylvania, electors are called “faithless,” which means they are not required to vote for the candidate who won the state. Stewart’s being urged to bail on Trump. Since Thursday, he says he’s gotten 15,000 emails begging him to switch to Hillary Clinton.
He read us a sampling:
“Dear electors, as it becomes more and more apparent that the FBI issued a coup against Secretary Clinton to assist Donald Trump to win this recent election.”
“There is plenty of reason to suspect that Mr. Trump’s loyalty lies elsewhere, perhaps in Russia.”
“There should be ample reason not to award the election to this dangerous man.”
Stewart’s only glanced at a few of the emails. He said they’re not threatening and mostly respectful.
One email concludes, “Thank you for your time, Liz.”
We tracked Liz down in Virginia and spoke to her by phone.
“I’ve sent a letter to over a hundred electors,” Liz admitted, saying she’s aghast at the thought of a Trump presidency. She thinks the president-elect is too cozy with Russia and worries about what she calls “his racism and bigotry.”
“I do have grave concerns,” she said, adding that she sent several rounds of emails to hundreds of faithless electors in numerous states where they’re not bound.
“Just to put some doubt in people’s mind, to make people think more deeply about what’s going on here since Trump was elected with less than a quarter of the population of the United States,” Liz said. “He’s not representing this country. He doesn’t represent what this country wants and I’d like them to just think about that.”
She said she suspects it’s a mostly futile attempt and that electors aren’t likely to change their votes.
That’s certainly true in Stewart’s case. He has moved the photo of he and the president-elect shaking hands to a prominent spot in his office.
As for those thousands of emails?
“It doesn’t take much to delete those babies,” he said with a chuckle. “I’ll tell you, but my thumb’s getting tired.”
As for the email writers who he said come from all over the country and even Denmark?
“I think these people have got to get over it. They lost. I couldn’t conceive if Hillary had won of writing and saying don’t allow this crook to be president and change your vote. The people have spoken.”