Camden County Republican freeholder candidates aren’t going to let the saga of former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay just fade away. Today the campaign of Keith Cybulski, Vincent Squire and Claire Gustafson went after their opponents in a press release. It's starting to look like this could become a spirited race.
The release follows:
News Report Released Yesterday Regarding Former Assemblyman’s Arrest Raises More Questions
CCGOP freeholder candidates want answers
CHERRY HILL – Last month, after it was learned then-assemblyman Arthur Barclay was arrested for simple assault during a domestic incident, Camden County Republican Party officials questioned why Camden County Democratic Party officials kept the situation quiet for 11 days. They also questioned the truthfulness of a county and police department spokesman who claimed they “were just made aware of the incident” when Republicans knew about it for days before county government’s admission.
Late yesterday, a report was published, with police video, that Camden County Republican freeholder candidates Keith Cybulski, Vincent Squire and Claire Gustafson say still leaves unanswered questions.
“While we don’t want to pile on Mr. Barclay as he deals with his personal issues we believe it is important that county government is transparent in how they deal with the fact that he is a county employee,” Keith Cybulski said. “The same county and police department spokesman who claimed they were just made aware of the situation promised it would be ‘investigated by human resources as a personnel matter.” However, yesterday afternoon a report was published that stated Barclay still holds his nearly $60,000 a year county job.”
“The freeholders up for re-election should be asking the questions we’re asking,” Vincent Squire added. “Simply saying there will be an investigation isn’t enough.”
Squire asked, “Was an investigation launched? If so, what was the outcome of that investigation? Why did the machine Democrats try to keep this quiet in the first place? Was Barclay at least suspended pending the outcome of the investigation? Is this just another case of Camden County machine politics where they sweep their problems under the rug?”
“We don’t know what the outcome of Barclay’s scheduled July 20th court appearance will be,” Claire Gustafson said. “But, we do know he admitted to a reporter ‘it happened,’ and county residents have the right to know if a man who admitted to punching his girlfriend in the face, for whatever reason, is still on the county’s payroll, especially in the age of the MeToo movement. We also know that if Barclay were a Republican the machine Democrats would be calling for his head. Why the double standard? I know my running mates and I would never allow this to be swept under the rug and I hope our opponents feel the same.”
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Bob Greco is a former chairman of the Cumberland County GOP and Steve Kush is a Republican political consultant. Together we'll deliver political news and opinion in our own unique way via a weekly radio show on Crusin' 92.1 FM every Saturday morning at 7:00 A.M. and here on this website.
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