Camden County Republican Chairman Rich Ambrosino is dropping support for freeholder candidate Vincent Squire after he and the organization learned that Squire had not been fully forthcoming about his criminal record.
While Ambrosino and others were made aware of his conviction of theft by deception, a crime Squire pled guilty to nearly a decade ago, but he said that Squire had kept conviction for burglary from county political heads and a more recent charge of assault filed against him by his son.
“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.”
Squire had informed Ambrosino and others about the conviction for theft by deception and had used that experience to try to prevent recidivism among other offenders in the county.
When Ambrosino and Squire’s now-former running mates learned of the other conviction on Squire’s record, they asked him to resign from the ticket. That happened roughly two weeks ago, they said, but squire has refused to back down.
Camden Republicans are now backing only two freeholder candidates, Keith Cybulski and Claire Gustafson.