CHERRY HILL – Camden County Republican Party (CCRP) officials, two weeks ago, asked one of their freeholder candidates, Vincent Squire, to sign a letter resigning from the ticket. He has refused, according to their press release.
At issue, it was learned that Vincent Squire was not completely honest about his checkered past. The organization had taken Squire at his word when he acknowledged his past, paid for a crime he had committed nearly eight years ago, and turned it into a positive by doing volunteer work to prevent recidivism and volunteering with a prison ministry.
According to the release, Squire only told part of the story to Party officials and conveniently left out a burglary conviction, that he has used an alias, and has a current second-degree assault charge filed against him by his own son, which is pending in Superior Court.
Party officials confronted Squire two weeks ago with this information and asked him to resign from the ticket. Squire declined to resign and continues to decline after several more requests from Party Chairman, Richard Ambrosino and Squire’s own running mates.
“I feel terrible airing dirty laundry in public but we were conned Ambrosino said. “As a Party we cannot have any affiliation with Mr. Squire. Nor will we have any affiliation with any candidate that may choose to continue to support Mr. Squire. As of now we are running only two Republican candidates because Squire refuses to do the right thing.”
“To make matters worse we know Mr. Squire has accepted at least one cash contribution at an event a month ago and has yet to turn it in or report it to ELEC,” Camden GOP Political Director Tom Crone explained, “It may have been a small contribution, but one has to wonder if he’s taken other cash contributions. Mr. Squire has spun one too many tales and it is time for him to go. As an organization we cannot continue to point out the wrongs done by Democrats and not clean our own house.”
“We knew from the beginning Squire had some white-collar type stuff that he paid for and turned into a positive,” Camden County GOP’s political consultant Steve Kush said. “Then as we learned more, asked questions and were given conflicting or unsatisfactory answers. Then we learned of some other issues and the second-degree assault and it became too much. Now Squire is on his own.”
source Camden County Republican Party