Another email to the Camden County Republican Committee and the New Jersey Republican Party

Nhuan Van has stated on social media that he and Vincent Squire’s TIPPR party is replacing the long standing Pennsauken Republican Club.  This is untrue and an outrage that Van would attempt to trick Pennsauken voters into supporting their party.

If you are a Republican voter in Pennsauken I highly encourage you to contact the Camden County Republican Committee (executivedirector@camdencountygop.com) and the New Jersey Republican Party (chairman@njgop.org) and express your outrage.  

From: Mike Astringer
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2018 5:15 AM
To: ‘sandra@njgop.org’ <sandra@njgop.org>; ‘theresa@njgop.org’ <theresa@njgop.org>; ‘chairman@njgop.org’ <chairman@njgop.org>; ‘executivedirector@camdencountygop.com’ executivedirector@camdencountygop.com
Subject: Camden County Republican Committee

Good morning,

Below please find my February 9, 2018 email to the Camden County Republican Committee and my February 15, 2018 email to the New Jersey Republican Party.  I find it unfortunate that neither organization felt it important enough to acknowledge my email.  While you may have looked at voting records, found that my Republican registration in New Jersey is relatively new and thought it not worth the bother note that I moved back to New Jersey in 2013.  Before moving back to New Jersey I actively supported and donated to other campaigns.  My intention was to be an active contributor and supporter of Republicans in Camden County and New Jersey.  So far my experience with the Camden County Republican Committee and the New Jersey Republican Party has been less than satisfying.

I am writing again today, despite my prior emails apparently being ignored with another concern.  Nhuan Van, one of the co-Founders of the TIPPR Party (which I believe stands for The Pennsauken Progressive Republican Party) is stating on Facebook that the TIPPR Party has replaced the Pennsauken Republican Club.  See below and attached.

Van TIPPR Comments 2

I find it highly concerning, as a Republican voter and resident of Pennsauken, that Nhuan Van is telling voters in Pennsauken that their party is endorsed by the Camden County Republican Committee (he said party) and replacing our local long standing Republican Club.  It is apparent that Van is trying to trick Republicans in Pennsauken to support their TIPPR party.  So far they have had two meetings to introduce the TIPPR party that no one from the public attended.  I do not understand why the Camden County Republican Committee is allowing this to happen.  Nhuan Van’s behavior on social media borders on dangerous and psychotic and Vincent Squire (the other founder of the TIPPR party and 2018 candidate for Pennsauken Township Committee) is not only acting similarly on social media but offline as well.  He is a multiple convicted felon who was charged with second degree felony assault for beating his son last year.  His family home is in foreclosure and owes over $1.2 million in fines to Pennsauken Township.  He is considered a joke by most voters in this town yet his TIPPR party is being allowed to throw around the Camden County Republican Committee name and say that their TIPPR party is replacing the long established Pennsauken Republican Club?

I write a local Pennsauken blog.  This blog post outlines some of Squire’s behavior https://positivelypennsauken592167491.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/is-this-the-behavior-we-expect-of-a-candidate-running-for-office/.

This post provides documentation (obtained via an OPRA request) of his family home being in foreclosure and owing over $1.2 million in fines to Pennsauken Township https://positivelypennsauken592167491.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/vincent-squire-should-get-his-own-house-in-order-before-he-tries-to-govern-yours/

This post provides video evidence of Squire lying about his multiple felony convictions https://positivelypennsauken592167491.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/which-is-it-mr-squire/

And while Squire is vocal about local Pennsauken Republicans not supporting him (with good reason) here is Squire on video claiming he did not support the Republican candidate for President of the United States https://positivelypennsauken592167491.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/21/

Again while my prior email was not acknowledged I am writing again requesting that the Camden County Republican Committee encourage the TIPPR party to release a retraction stating the TIPPR party is not replacing the long established Pennsauken Republican Club.  I would also request that the Camden County Republican Committee release a statement stating the same.

Thank you for your consideration and I do appreciate an acknowledgement of my email this time.  With the small amount of Republicans in New Jersey and a smaller number willing to get involved in campaigns I would think neither the Camden County Republican Committee or the New Jersey Republican Party would find it beneficial to alienate a Republican voter who is willing to get involved.

Thank you.

Mike Astringer

Office: 856-254-3290

Mobile: 609-280-1367

E-mail: mike@mikeastringer.com

 

From: Mike Astringer
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018 7:11 AM
To: sandra@njgop.org; theresa@njgop.org; chairman@njgop.org
Cc: executivedirector@camdencountygop.com
Subject: Camden County Republican Committee

Good morning,

My name is Mike Astringer and I am a resident of Pennsauken, Camden County and a registered Republican voter.  It has come to my attention via a social media post that the Camden County Republican Committee may be supporting a candidate for Pennsauken Township Committee who not only did not earn the endorsement of the local Pennsauken Republican Club but is an embarrassment to republicans in Pennsauken.  I attempted to bring my concerns to the Camden County Republican Committee via an email on February 9, 2018 (I will paste that email below) but that email has gone unanswered.  I felt compelled to escalate this to the state Republican Party level.

The candidate’s name is Vincent Squire.  Because Mr. Squire anticipated not gaining the endorsement of the Pennsauken Republican Club he started his own Republican club, “The Pennsauken Progressive Republican Party”.  As you’ll see in the attachment I provided The Pennsauken Progressive Republican Party claims to be an official party endorsed by the Camden County Republican (obvious misspelling that I assume implies the Camden County Republican Committee.  I cannot confirm this since the Camden County Republican Committee will not respond to my concerns).   Please allow me to bullet some of my concerns.

  • As I stated to the Camden County Republican Committee Vincent Squire is an unpopular figure in Pennsauken and am embarrassment to Republicans here.  Republicans being the minority party in Pennsauken as in other areas of the state Mr. Squire and his Pennsauken Progressive Republican party has the potential to further erode the presence of Republicans here.  Furthermore many non-Republicans have asked me if Vincent Squire is endorsed by our party.  It’s an embarrassment and threat to our credibility.
  • During the summer of 2017 Squire was arrested and charged with Felony Second Degree Aggravated Assault.  The victim was his teenaged son.  Many felt Squire should suspend his campaign assuming that due to his prior felony convictions he could be sentenced to a long prison term if convicted again.  Squire refused to address how he intended to serve out his term on Township Committee if convicted and sentenced to prison.  I was unable to determine definitively if this case has been dispositioned but I believe it has not.
  • Squire is a convicted felon.  He was convicted of three separate counts of Theft by Deception in 2008 and Burglary in 2007.  He entered prison on November 9, 2007 and was released on August 9, 2012.  Some Pennsauken voters were willing to overlook his convictions and accept the explanation that he had turned his life around.   All they wanted was an explanation of multiple Theft by Deception convictions from a candidate who if elected would have shared fiscal responsibility for our township.  Mr. Squire gave multiple different explanations for his convictions (his explanation seemed to match his audience)  leaving many to wonder what the truth really is.
  • Squire’s family home (in his wife’s name) has an active foreclosure action.  The case detail can be viewed on the NJ Courts Public Access database under Docket Number F 004189 16.  When this was uncovered during his 2017 run for Pennsauken Township Committee he denied it (and threatened me with a $10 million lawsuit for publicizing it).   At the time Squire released a video on social media stating there was no foreclosure.  He claimed this was a negotiation with his mortgage company after they raised his interest rate.  He claimed the money had been put into escrow and it was settled with him “having enough money to pay down the principal of our mortgage”.  I find this curious.  I did an OPRA request to Pennsauken Township and the property is listed as a “Pre-Foreclosure” and “Active Registration” in the township database.  Additionally the mortgage company paid the foreclosure fee to Pennsauken Township on January 25, 2018.
  • On August 4, 2015 Squire’s home (which again is in his wife’s name) received a Notice of Violation from Pennsauken Township.  This apparently went ignored because on August 21, 2017 Squire’s wife was issued a summons.  As far as I can determine she failed to appear in court and this is still outstanding.
  • In 2011 (while Squire was in prison and before he was married to his current wife) the property was issued a building permit.  The issues resulting from that building permit have continued well beyond Squire moving into the property and marrying his current wife.  My understanding is that the matter is unresolved and according to a Notice and Order of Penalty I received from my OPRA request there are $1,290, 285.71 in fines assessed on the property.
  • Squire appears to have no verifiable employment history and will not tell voters professional qualifications or why he is qualified to serve us.  His LinkedIn profile indicates he is President and CEO of The Squires Group.  The Squires Group is an IT Consulting firm in Annapolis, MD.  His LinkedIn profile also indicates that he is President and CEO of Squire Holdings in Vineland.  His Facebook profile indicates that he is President and CEO of Squire Holdings in Philadelphia.  A web search produces no such company.  He refuses to answer any questions relating to his employment or professional qualifications.

I am happy to provide documentation received from my OPRA  request, searches of the NJ Courts Public Access web site and videos Squire has released on social media to confirm my statements above.

In addition please allow me to share some of Squire’s antics during his 2017 run for Pennsauken Township Committee.

  • During his 2017 run for Pennsauken Township Committee Squire released a video on social media comparing voting for incumbent Democrats on Pennsauken Township Committee to a woman staying with an abusive husband.  Residents of Pennsauken were offended and outraged.  Squire refused to issue an apology.  After he lost the election the outrange over his comments died down.  When he announced he was running again in 2018 Pennsauken residents began to again demand an apology.  Squire made a mockery of resident’s feelings and issued several videos on social media that were arguably more offensive than his original comment.  He finally issued a video inviting women to a cookie shop, at 6:30 PM on Valentine’s Day evening 2018, claiming he may or may not issue an apology.  The fact that he was turning this very serious issue into a mockery of resident’s outrage at his comments and a political stunt was unbelievable.  His behavior was no better than an abuser as he tried to gain control over women making them come to him for an apology rather than make the apology via a video on social media (as he did the original comments).  I have attached a clip of the video where Squire made these comments.  I drove by the cookie shop on the night of his “apology event”.  There were two cars in the parking lot that did not belong to Squire or the owner of the cookie shop (I have video).  After his “apology event” he released a video on social media pretending he was talking to a crowed and crowing about the success of his event.  I was almost embarrassed for him.
  • Squire talks about his grandiose ideas and plans for Pennsauken in his videos released on social media.  The problem is Squire has not done his research.  For example.  Last year Squire released a video stating that we should propose to Amazon that they build their new facility on Petty’s Island.  Squire seemed unaware that Petty’s Island is owned by the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust and has an environmental easement due to a pair of bald eagles who make their home on the island.  Pennsauken Township had previously been in talks with a Developer to develop the island but the plans were halted in 2004 when the bald eagles were spotted on the island.  Did Squire do not so much as a Google search before releasing this video or was his intent to mislead voters?
  • In another video released on social media Squire talks about developing Pennsauken’s waterfront.  He talks about how Pennsauken can increase the amount of police officers and lower taxes through waterfront development.  There is one problem.  Pennsauken does not own the land along the riverfront and as far as anyone knows the owners of the properties are not interested in selling the land to the township for development.  Again did Squire not do his research or was he trying to mislead voters?  Either way it was an embarrassment to Republican voters in this town.
  • Squire threatened me on a live video while I was trying to ask him questions on behalf of Pennsauken voters.  I have attached the video.

These are just a few of Squire’s antics during both his 2017 and 2018 campaigns for Pennsauken Township Committee.  I am happy to provide many more examples.

I returned to New Jersey 4 ½ years ago after several years of living out of state.  I want to support and work on the campaigns of Republican candidates (I strongly supported Kim Guadagno).  If the Camden County Republican Committee will put their support behind a candidate like Squire I have to question the judgement of this organization, the candidates they endorse, and seriously consider if I will vote for or financially support any candidate endorsed by the Camden County Republicans.

You might think that I am “one guy” but I assure you that many Republican voters in Pennsauken feel as I do and am confident that many Republicans in Camden County will be equally outraged when they learn of this.  As I cannot get a response from the Camden County Republican Committee Chair I would appreciate the New Jersey Republican Party looking into this and taking action.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Mike Astringer

Office: 856-254-3290

Mobile: 609-280-1367

E-mail: mike@mikeastringer.com

  

From: Mike Astringer
Sent: Friday, February 9, 2018 3:21 PM
To: ‘executivedirector@camdencountygop.com’ <executivedirector@camdencountygop.com>
Subject: Question regarding the Pennsauken Progressive Republican Club

Good afternoon,

I am a registered Republican voter and Pennsauken resident.   It has come to my attention that the “Pennsauken Progressive Republican Club” is promoting itself as an “official party and endorsed by the Camden County Republican” (see attachment).

If true I find this highly concerning.  Pennsauken has a long-standing Republican club in place.  Vincent Squire, one of the three founders of the Pennsauken Progressive Republican Club is a felon who served prison time for multiple felonies (including 3-convictions for Theft by Deception).   Mr. Squire’s flat out lies during his last run for Pennsauken Township Committee are well documented.  He was also wrong about many of the issues he ran on (for example he spoke at great length about developing Petty’s Island.  Petty’s Island is owned by the New Jersey Lands Trust and has an environment easement.  He also talked about developing Pennsauken’s waterfront seemingly unaware that Pennsauken does not own the land along the waterfront).  Ken Steinberg, another founder of the Pennsauken Progressive Republican Club changed his voter registration to Republican just a few weeks ago (and publicized that he had done so on social media).

Vincent Squire is an unpopular figure in Pennsauken and an embarrassment to Republicans here.  Republicans in Pennsauken are a small group and Mr. Squire and his new Republican club have the potential to even further erode the presence of Republicans in Pennsauken.   If in fact the Camden County Republican Party is supporting Vincent Squire I as a Republican voter have to question the judgement of this organization, question supporting candidates this organization supports and question financially supporting any candidate this organization supports.  I also believe strongly that the Camden County Republicans should defer to the Pennsauken Republicans before supporting any candidate for office in Pennsauken.

I would appreciate a response and confirmation that the Camden County Republicans are supporting Mr. Squire and his Pennsauken Progressive Republican Club.  If not I would appreciate the organization announcing that it does not support the Pennsauken Progressive Republican Club so Republicans in Pennsauken can avoid further embarrassment and separate themselves.

Thank you very much.

Mike

Mike Astringer

Office: 856-254-3290

Mobile: 609-280-1367

E-mail: mike@mikeastringer.com