Haddon Township Commissioners Have Found A Replacement For Dougherty

Ryan Linhart (Source: Facebook)

Ryan Linhart (Source: Facebook)

Haddon Township Commissioners have selected Ryan Linhart to replace former Commissioner Paul Dougherty who resigned in disgrace for reasons completely unrelated to his hit and run car accident.

Linhart will serve as the Commissioner of Revenue and Finance. This makes sense since he makes his living as a financial analyst.

Apparently, establishment Democrats aren’t happy about this as Linhart comes from the progressive wing of the party. Sources close to the situation say local Democrats were lobbying heavy for someone else.

Linhart is married, has two sons and lives in the Bluebird section of Haddon Township. He did run against current Commissioner Jim Mulroy. He appears to have been active in the township having headed up the restoration of the New Jersey Avenue public park. He also served on the township’s Shade Tree Commission.

Linhart will have to run for a full term in May 2019. With local Democrats not particularly happy with this pick the May election in Haddon Township could be exciting.

Another South Jersey Democrat In A Fight, Another “It Is What It Is” Answer

Frank Gilliam and Jeffree Fauntleroy

Frank Gilliam and Jeffree Fauntleroy

The Press of Atlantic City did an excellent job following up on a story broken by Harry Hurley, specifically an “incident” involving Atlantic City Mayor Frank M. Gilliam and Atlantic City Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy II.

Apparently, that incident was, according to The Press, “a fight with several other people outside a casino nightclub early Sunday morning.”

I’m guessing this story wouldn’t be as bad if Mayor Gilliam hadn’t spent the better part of the day denying it happened. As he told The Press:

Gilliam acknowledged Sunday night there was a physical confrontation. However, earlier Sunday, the mayor said there was “no incident” and “nothing happened.”

“I’m going to hold my comments until my attorney and the law enforcement people do this because I’m not even sure why you would have access to a videotape,” Gilliam said.

Then there was what Fauntleroy had to say:

When contacted Sunday morning, Fauntleroy said the incident was a “loud argument” and nothing more. Reached for comment Sunday evening, he said, “You saw the video. It is what it is.”

“It is what it is.” That’s exactly what former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay told the New Jersey Globe after it was discovered he was arrested on assault charges.

So that’s two South Jersey Democrats using the exact same phrase when contacted by the press after being in a fight. Is, “It is what it is” something South Jersey Democrats teach their members to say after getting in fights?

What about the silence from South Jersey Democrats? Barclay gets arrested, silence from his party. Former Haddon Township Commissioner Paul Dougherty crashes into the back of another car and leaves the scene. Silence from Democrats. The discovery of Voorhees Township Deputy Mayor Jason Ravitz getting into bar fights. Silence from Democrats.

Will South Jersey Democrats ever call out a member of their own party for doing something wrong? Probably not, they’ll probably just hide with each other and say, “It is what it is.”

Also, let’s not forget the 2018 New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference is happening this week in Atlantic City. Gilliam has to deliver the traditional “Host City Welcome” on Tuesday. He also delivers a welcome message to the League Delegates Luncheon. I can hear it now, “Welcome to Atlantic City where it is what it is.”

We’re getting used to this bad behavior by Democrats in South Jersey. To the rest of you, especially those headed to South Jersey and visiting Atlantic City for the League of Municipalities Conference. Enjoy your stay and remember, “It is what it is.”

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.