OPINION: Bar Brawling Deputy Mayor Should Take Responsibility For His Actions

Jason Ravitz

Jason Ravitz

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Voorhees Township Deputy Mayor Jason Ravitz’s whiny letter he sent to voters begging forgiveness for the two bar brawls he was involved in. In that letter he claimed to be a “happier, healthier, better person.”

A “happier, healthier, better person” would not send the kind of campaign mail this guy is sending. In his latest piece of his mail, or the latest to make it to me, Ravitz accuses Republicans of ignoring “anti-Semitism and racism when they attack him.” What a load of BS! According to Camden County Republican Chairman Rich Ambrosino, one of the Republican candidates is Jewish. I don’t know about you, but I would seriously doubt a Jewish candidate would ignore anti-Semitism, and every decent person has an issue with racism.

Jason Ravitz playing victim because someone found out he was involved in two separate bar fights is not an attack on him. He needs to stop playing the “poor me” role and take responsibility for his actions.

Mr. Ravitz, I watched the videos, and the evidence suggests you are a fall-down drunk, well, okay, the bouncer may have helped you fall. Either way, it appears Ravitz really has to learn to handle his booze. (And, for our readers, you can watch here (http://therealravitz.com/).

Ravitz tried to make the claim, “While I may have been provoked by anti-Semitic and racist comments made against me and my friends…” in the letter he sent to voters, but I’ve seen no proof those kinds of comments were made to him or his friends, not in print anywhere, nor in the videos. I’m not saying it didn’t happen, but I am saying Ravitz offered nothing to voters to make them believe it happened.

It appears Ravitz believes voters are supposed to believe him because that’s what he said? Remember, he is on video, appearing intoxicated, and telling a police officer to turn off his camera, a violation of the law. Where I come from, voters don’t just take the word of someone who asks a cop to violate the law.

Mr. Ravitz, it’s time for you to stop looking for something to blame for your two bar brawls. If you were my client I would advise you to dropout, don’t believe me ask Vincent Squire, he’s a fellow Republican and that’s what I advised him to do. He didn’t listen, so there is no reason to believe you would.

Unfortunately, it’s way too late for you to dropout so, because you are the Deputy Mayor of a community with over 29,000 people living in it, do the next best thing, grow up and take responsibility for your own actions.

Don’t do like former Haddon Township Commissioner Paul Dougherty did after he was involved in a hit and run car accident, allegedly after drinking, and bury your head in the sand hoping it goes away. His problem didn’t go away nor will Ravitz’s bar brawling incidents.

Election Day is not yet here, it’s not too late for Ravitz to take responsibility for his actions. And, it’s not too late for Ravitz to apologize to voters for flooding their mailboxes with “poor me, they’re attacking me for acting like an idiot” campaign mailers.

No matter what, Ravitz is the one who acted like a drunken idiot in those videos and it’s up to him to do the right thing. Let’s see if he does.