A letter to the Dilks for Congress Campaign

June 4, 2018

Mr. Dilks,

As a resident and Republican voter in Pennsauken I wish you all the best in your campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives.  I believe that New Jersey needs strong Republican elected officials to represent our interests.  With the excellent job our President is doing Republicans need to stand strong and united against a national Democratic party who does not have our best interests at the forefront.  Additionally I fear the agenda of Governor Murphy.  A socialist state with legalized marijuana and sanctuary status is not a state I want to live in.  I fear the people of New Jersey will envy Detroit when Murphy is finished with us!

That brings me to the point of my email this morning.  As I said I feel it important that Republican candidates do all they can to get elected to represent the people of New Jersey.  That includes  being careful of the people you associate with and join on the campaign trail.  Camden County Freeholder candidate Vincent Squire has said on social media that he is out campaigning with you.  I thought you should know the man you are out campaigning with.  I write a local Pennsauken blog and have done extensive research on failed 2017 Pennsauken Township Committee candidate and current Camden County Freeholder candidate Vincent Squire.  I’d like to share with you some of the information I’ve learned.

Squire is endorsed by the Camden County Republican Committee (while not being endorsed or supported by the local Pennsauken Republican Club).  I find this unfortunate as a Republican voter as it says to me that the Camden County Republican Committee is not representing the best interests of Republican voters in Camden County.  Squire, an unpopular figure in Pennsauken, had initially registered to run for Pennsauken Township Committee.  I believe that he realized he had no chance of gaining the support of local Republicans or getting elected to the Pennsauken Township Committee so he chose to run for a countywide office where he felt he’d  be less known.  There are good reasons why local voters find Squire and embarrassment and will not support him.

Squire is a convicted felon.  He has multiple convictions for Theft by Deception and Burglary and served time in prison from 2007 to 2012.  When asked Squire has given multiple different explanations for his convictions.  Squire was also arrested in the summer of 2017 for beating his son so badly he was charged with Second Degree Felony Assault.  You can find documentation of Squire’s criminal record, incarceration, mug shot and video evidence of his multiple explanations of his convictions here https://positivelypennsauken592167491.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/which-is-it-mr-squire/.

As of February 2018 Squire’s family home was in foreclosure (I have not verified in the past few months that the home remains in foreclosure).  As of February there was an active foreclosure action filed by Nationstar Mortgage against Squire and his wife.  The mortgage company paid the foreclosure fee to Pennsauken Township for 2018 and as of February the property was listed as an “active registration” in Pennsauken’s foreclosure database.  The documentation is located here https://positivelypennsauken592167491.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/vincent-squire-should-get-his-own-house-in-order-before-he-tries-to-govern-yours/.

If you scroll down the page you’ll find a video Squire released in 2017 claiming the issue was resolved.  If the issue was resolved why did the mortgage company pay the foreclosure fee to Pennsauken Township for 2018 and why was the property still listed as an active foreclosure just a few months ago?

As of February 2018 there were outstanding property maintenance  violations and summonses on Squire’s family home (I have not verified in the past few months that these issues remain outstanding).  Per the OPRA’d documents I received over $1 million in fines were due Pennsauken Township on the home.  How can a man expect to represent the residents of Pennsauken Township and Camden County when his family home owes more than $1 million in fines to Pennsauken Township?  The documentation is here https://positivelypennsauken592167491.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/vincent-squire-should-get-his-own-house-in-order-before-he-tries-to-govern-yours/.

Squire refuses to answer questions or discuss his professional qualifications.  His LinkedIn profile reflects he is President and CEO of the Squires Group.  A web search shows The Squires Group is a technology consulting firm in Annapolis, MD.  His LinkedIn profile also reflects that he is President and CEO of Squire Holdings in Vineland, NJ.  His Facebook profile reflects that he is President & CEO of Squire Holdings in Philadelphia.  A web search shows no such company.  Squire has been asked several times what professional qualifications he has to hold office and represent the people of Pennsauken (and now Camden County).  He refuses to answer any questions relating to this professional background.  The documentation is here https://positivelypennsauken592167491.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/editorial-vincent-squire-was-bad-for-pennsauken-then-and-is-bad-for-pennsauken-now/.

Squire either lied or was wrong on many of the issues he based his campaign on in 2017.  Case in point he talked about offering Petty’s Island to Amazon and developing the island around Amazon (homes, a hotel, etc.).  He seemed completely unaware that a conservation easement was granted to the New Jersey Lands Trust due to a pair of bald eagles that make their home on the island (information easily obtained via a web search).  In 2004 a prior development project was halted when the eagles were spotted on the island.  In 2009 the land was handed over to the New Jersey Land Trust with an easement.  Did Squire do not so much as a Google search before trying to convince voters to support him based on developing the island or was he intentionally trying to deceive voters?  There are more examples and documentation of Squires lies or simply being wrong on the issues here  https://positivelypennsauken592167491.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/editorial-vincent-squire-was-bad-for-pennsauken-then-and-is-bad-for-pennsauken-now/.

While attempting to interview him during his 2017 campaign for Pennsauken Township Committee Squire threatened me multiple times.  Squire has demonstrated time and time again that he does not have the temperament to hold public office and represent the people of Camden County.  Video of Squire threatening me is on YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceZc2Hart0E.

Squire made a very inappropriate and offensive video during his failed 2017 run for Pennsauken Township Committee comparing voting for incumbent Democrats to a woman staying with an abusive husband.  Residents of Pennsauken were offended and outraged.  Squire first refused to apologize then made a mockery of residents demand for an apology.  As far as I know an apology was never issued.  Squire’s video is also on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7LL3NTIg8o.

These are just some examples of Squire’s lies, inaccurate positions on important issues and bizarre behavior.  I wrote a blog piece that goes into much more detail on Squire’s behavior (including his admitted illegal use of handicapped parking) here https://positivelypennsauken592167491.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/is-this-the-behavior-we-expect-of-a-candidate-running-for-office/#more-150.

I wrote a similar letter to the Hugin for Senate Campaign after Squire posted a photo on social media of he and Bob Hugin on the campaign trail.  As you’ll see Squire could not even get his name right tagging the photo as “On the Campaign Trail with Senatorial Candidate Bob Huge”.  I found Squire not knowing Mr. Hugin’s name while bragging that he was campaigning with him disrespectful but typical of Squire’s lack of knowledge and research.  The text of the letter I wrote to the Hugin Campaign is here https://positivelypennsauken592167491.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/an-open-letter-to-the-hugin-for-senate-campaign/#more-169.

I have brought my concerns about Squire to the Camden County Republican Committee and the New Jersey Republican Party but to date my concerns have been ignored.  The text of those emails are here https://positivelypennsauken592167491.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/email-to-the-camden-county-republican-committee-regarding-the-pennsauken-progressive-republicans/#more-93 and here https://positivelypennsauken592167491.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/another-email-to-the-camden-county-republican-committee-and-the-new-jersey-republican-party/#more-161

In my opinion Squire is a conman, unqualified and unfit to serve the residents of Camden County.

Mr. Dilks I wish you much success in your campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives and as a concerned Republican voter hope that you will pay more attention to those you associate with as you campaign.

Sincerely,

Michael Astringer