Electorate Chris Suprun-
Stephen Christopher Suprun who did not Honor his pledge to vote the will of the people of Texas as an electorate is worse than a wolf in sheeps clothing.
Chris Suprun, 42, portrays himself as a heroic firefighter who was among the first on the scene after the third plane flew into the Pentagon on 9/11.
Chris Suprun said he worked as a firefighter in Dale City, Virginia on September 11, 2001. Dale City's station records state none of its members were part of the initial response to the Pentagon on 9/11.
Suprun, a Dallas resident for more than a decade, even used his résumé to establish credibility in the Times piece, writing in the second paragraph: "Fifteen years ago, as a firefighter, I was part of the response to the Sept. 11 attacks against our nation."
He has founded a nonprofit called Never Forget and state records show he is a licensed paramedic -- but much of the rest of résumé, publicly available on LinkedIn, is questionable.
TBR COMMENT: Foundations can be good or crooked as hell. There has to be a record of where the money was going. Remember people who are founders or sit on the boards of these foundations can draw a paycheck and expenses. The Clinton Foundation who is under FBI investigation is a prime example of a scam. Did this self proclaimed hero solicate monies when he appeared at these ball games and other venues?
WFAA: In addition, on at least two occasions over the last couple years at crowded Major League Baseball games, Suprun has been introduced as a 9/11 veteran before throwing out first pitches.
"He claimed to be a first responder with the Manassas Park [Virginia] Fire Department on September 11, 2001 and personally told us stories 'I was fighting fire that day at the Pentagon,’" said a first responder who knows Suprun and only agreed to speak about him if his identity was concealed.
"No, I was on a medic unit that day at the Pentagon and you make a phone call to Manassas Park and you find out that he wasn't even employed there until October 2001."
The City of Manassas Park confirmed to WFAA that it hired Suprun on October 10, 2001, one month after the 9/11 attacks.
The fire chief there added that his department never even responded to the Pentagon or any of the 9/11 sites.
"It's no different than stolen valor for the military; dressing up and saying 'Hey, I earned a Purple Heart' when you weren't even in combat.' There's a big difference between shopping at Old Navy and being a Navy SEAL," said the first responder who knows Suprun.
But Suprun's résumé raises even more questions.
It shows he was, at the time this story aired on WFAA, a paramedic with Air Methods air ambulance service. But Christina Brodsly, a spokeswoman for that company, said he is not an employee there.
Suprun also claims to currently be a paramedic with Freedom EMS in Dallas. But records from the Texas Department of State Health Services indicate there's no such company. A firm with that name used to exist in Houston, but it went out of business in 2008, according to DSHS.
Turns out, federal court records show Suprun has spent the last five years in bankruptcy while his résumé says he was working. He even collected unemployment during part of it, court records show. Suprun was just released from bankruptcy supervision this month.
He never responded to multiple emails from WFAA and calls to his telephone go to a recording which says his voicemail is full.
Two public relations firms he has hired – Megaphone Strategies and Fenton Communications – responded to our requests for an interview saying: “Suprun's schedule is jammed packed.”
His story raises a bigger question, though. How are presidential electors chosen? And more importantly, aren't they vetted? Unfortunately, not. They are selected in an almost informal process that each party undertakes at their state convention.
"Parties might want to ask for a little more background information, do a little bit of checking into people who would like to be members of the electoral college,” said Matthew Wilson, a political science professor at SMU.
He suggested that Suprun’s case might change things four years from now.
"I think in the future there will be a little more vetting and scrutiny given to prospective electors only because there's been so much discussion in this cycle of the possibility of faithless electors," continued Wilson.
If Suprun isn't working at the places on his résumé, whose uniform is he wearing at public appearances? Manassas Park, VA said it looks similar to theirs from 12 years ago but could not positively identify it.
TBR Comment: We have no reason to believe that WFAA research is not valid. It's also clear that due diligence was not done when selecting electorates. We predict that will be handled in the State Legislature soon.
As for Chris Suprun it appears he is nothing more than a flim flam man, a liar who has conned people into giving money under false pretenses. We now wonder why he needs two PR firms and just where is that money coming from?
Stolen Valor matches his actions although it is not Military related it's still the same. He thinks he has gotten away with this and is now a progressive hero. Money and job offerings may come his way.
Mr. Suprun should consider returning to the eastern shore. He certainly does not belong in Texas where certified liars / con men are not held in high esteem.
Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame for we are coming in 2017...