INDIANAPOLIS — Since Election Day, Valparaiso businessman Chuck Williams said he's received about 74,000 emails, and found, on more than one occasion, his home mailbox completely stuffed with some of the more than 3,000 letters sent to him from across the country by Hillary Clinton supporters and others opposed to a Trump presidency.
Williams was one of the 11 Hoosiers who cast Indiana's electoral votes Monday for President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
Williams said afterward he had no doubts about supporting the Republican ticket, despite receiving plenty of encouragement to vote for any other candidate.
"The ones that I read were mostly very respectful," Williams said. "There weren't any crazy ones that I read."
He said he did not object to receiving anti-Trump missives and plans "to box them all up and have my kids look at them in 50 years."
Williams also wasn't bothered by the few dozen Hoosiers outside the House chamber encouraging the state's electors to vote for someone else.
"I think it's great. That's what makes America great," he said.
Williams, who serves as the Region's representative on the Republican State Committee, noted that when he cast an electoral vote in 2012 for Mitt Romney, "There wasn't anyone here except for the night cleaning staff."
This year, Williams had his 12-year-old son, Jonathan, seated nearby as he cast an Indiana electoral vote for a winning presidential candidate.
"It's pretty historic and pretty fun," Williams said. "I'm just happy to be a part of it."